Melissa L. Bailey

Partner / Atlanta

Melissa represents her clients in complex trial and appellate litigation across Georgia and serves as the Chair of the CSKL Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group.  A large portion of her practice focuses on coverage and bad faith issues, both advising clients in pre-suit matters and litigating those issues in courts statewide.  Melissa also has an active general liability litigation practice with an emphasis on premises liability and catastrophic injury claims.  She has tried numerous cases and successfully represented her clients in appeals at all levels of Georgia state and federal courts.

Prior to joining CSKL, Melissa was an attorney with a litigation firm in Savannah where she practiced in the areas of municipal and county liability defense, commercial litigation, and legal malpractice defense.

In law school, Melissa was an active member of the moot court team.  During her third year, she was selected as one of only two students to argue in front of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as part of the Gray’s Inn exchange.  That same year, she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, placing ninth in the world out of nearly 300 teams and second among the American delegation.  Melissa also competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition where she received an individual best oralist and best brief awards.  At graduation, Melissa was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.

Melissa recently completed a two year term as a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court.  The Inn’s members, made up of judges and lawyers of distinguished experience, select ten barristers each year, seeking to identify lawyers in their first eight years of practice who possess the potential to move into the top echelon of the bar.  The Inn focuses on fostering relationships between those who are both recognized as the ablest in the profession and also exhibit excellence in professionalism, ethics, and civility.

In 2019 and 2020, Melissa was named on the Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star® list, an honor given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys.  She is an active member of The CLM, including serving on the Extra-Contractual Committee.