Overview

Melvin advises executives and entrepreneurs at every stage of the business life cycle. He provides counsel on corporate law matters encompassing entity formation, venture and angel investments, and commercial contracts, with special emphasis in the area of strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, alliances, and joint ventures. With deep experience as an entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Melvin understands the challenges his clients face, and clients count on him to help them navigate their most complex and high-stakes transactions.

Before he joined Michael Best, Melvin was an attorney with Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based full-service law firm. He previously served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Trade Street Advisors, which provides financial advisory and analytical services to asset managers, issuers of debt and equity, and financial institutions. Melvin also served as legal counsel to the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer, where he supported the Investment Management Division in investment and transactional matters related to public equity, hedge funds, real assets, real estate, private equity, venture capital, fixed income, and multi-strategy approaches.

Following roles in global asset management at Parish Capital Advisors and Onset Capital Partners, Melvin co-developed the Los Angeles-based investment vehicle, FreeMind Entertainment, which finances, produces, and distributes feature films and other media content. Earlier in his career, Melvin practiced with the M&A group at Los Angeles firm Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP and then served as Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Melvin began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Melvin earned his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review. He also served as Student Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Housing and Community Development Clinic, sat on the Morris Tyler Moot Court Board of Directors, and was an active member of the Black Law Students Association.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Recipient, Walter S. Spearman Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Activities

  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Education

Bar Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Southern Environmental Law Center 
  • Director, UDI Community Development Corporation
  • Director, Center for Community Self-Help
  • Co-founder and Co-director, Kosygin Grady Scholarship Association

Education

Bar Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Southern Environmental Law Center 
  • Director, UDI Community Development Corporation
  • Director, Center for Community Self-Help
  • Co-founder and Co-director, Kosygin Grady Scholarship Association
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