Melissa E. Graves

Melissa E. Graves

Melissa E. Graves


Melissa E. Graves


Melissa focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented a wide array of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, and health care professionals. Melissa is also involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary and general liability matters, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents. Her experience includes representing clients from the pre-suit phase through trial and she has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in a number of appellate matters.


  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2002)
  • Wayne State University (B.S. magna cum laude, 1999)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland | Women’s Bar Association
    • Past President (2013-2014)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2018-2021)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Professional Liability (2013-2019)
    • Top 25 Women Business Michigan (2016-2018)
    • Top 50 Women Michigan (2016-2019)
    • Top 50 Michigan Business (2017)
    • Top 100 Michigan (2017)
    • Rising Star (2010, 2012)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Legal Malpractice Law (2012, 2016-2018)
    • Professional Malpractice Law (2020)
  • Women Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Recipient of the Boaz Siegel Award for Outstanding Performance in the Fields of Pension, Health and Welfare, Employment or Labor Law
  • Served as Member of the National Moot Court Team
Prominent Outcomes

Won summary disposition in the Livingston County Circuit Court in a contentious multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim in which the opposing parties tried to inject entirely new theories into the case after extensive discovery, including over 30 days of deposition testimony from key witnesses.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Social Media and Word-of-Mouse Discovery Tips 4 Litig8tors, DRI Riding the E&O Line, Vol. 3 Issue 1 (March 15, 2011)

In Supervising Other Health Care Providers, The Duties and Liabilities are Many, Michigan Medical Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 2011)

Voodoo Economics? Loss of Parental Training and Guidance: The New Battleground in Medical Malpractice Damages, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1 (July 2010)

Presented to a prominent certified public accounting firm in a seminar entitled “Emerging Ethics & Cyber Risks” (May 2018)

Melissa regularly lectures on professional matters as a part of CPE accreditation, covering topics such as risk management and ethics techniques to avoid ethical lapses, privacy and data security issues, and client confidentiality ethics.

Sixteen Attorneys Listed as 2021 “Top Lawyers” by DBusiness

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2021 “Top Lawyers” list by DBusiness magazine: David C. Anderson Legal Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law Product Liability Joshua I. Arnkoff  Legal Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law Theresa M. Asoklis Legal Malpractice Law  Professional Malpractice Law Donald D. Campbell…

Collins Einhorn Attorneys Successfully Defend Premises-Liability Case for Detroit Restaurant.

Collins Einhorn attorneys recently prevailed on behalf of client, a Detroit restaurant, who was the defendant in a premises liability case. Plaintiff was attending a private party at the restaurant when a speaker fell and struck plaintiff. In the trial court, attorneys Melissa E. Graves and Jeffrey R. Hicks argued that plaintiff’s premises-liability claim failed since there was no…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back—Supreme Court Issues Remand Order in Case Addressing Standards for Accountant-Malpractice Claims

Late last year, the Court of Appeals issued a published decision in Broz v Plante & Moran, PLLC, which provided some much-needed clarity regarding the applicable standards for accountant-malpractice claims. (See our post about Broz here.)  But that clarity was short-lived, as the Supreme Court recently issued an order vacating part of the decision. At…

Court of Appeals Holds Accountant-Malpractice Plaintiffs to Same Burden as Other Malpractice Plaintiffs

Accountants, like other licensed professionals, can be sued for malpractice. But cases involving accounting malpractice are few and far between. Until recently, there’s been scarce guidance from Michigan appellate courts about the applicable standards for accountant-malpractice claims. The Court of Appeals recently issued a published decision in which it provided some much-needed guidance regarding accountant-malpractice…

Twenty-Three Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Attorneys Recognized by 2020 Super Lawyers®

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that 15 of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list, and an additional 8 attorneys were named to the 2020 Michigan Rising Stars list. Additionally, Melissa Graves was named to the Top 50: 2020 Women Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a…

Attorney Melissa E. Graves Recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Class of 2016 “Women in the Law”

We are pleased to announce that our colleague Melissa E. Graves has been named a 2016 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law.” The selection criteria included commitment to excellence in the practice of law, inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession, mentoring and significant contributions of time and effort to volunteer and pro bono activities. Graves is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were chosen to receive this prestigious award.

Attorneys Melissa Graves and Kevin Moloughney Assume Leadership Roles in Bar Associations

Two Collins Einhorn attorneys will be assuming leadership roles in major bar associations this week. Kevin Moloughney will be installed as the president of the Association of Defense Trial Counsel on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Kevin practices in the areas of general and automobile liability, insurance coverage, construction defect liability, and premises liability. Melissa Graves…

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