Melissa Carrasco practices primarily in the following areas:
Labor & Employment Law & Litigation
Federal & State Regulatory Compliance
Melissa advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment issues, including developing and implementing employment policies and procedures, understanding employment benefits, drafting employment agreements and handbooks, and complying with immigration law. Melissa enjoys working with human resource professionals to address the variety of situations that arise - from hiring to termination, tattoos to PTO - to help employers comply with various federal and state regulations and understand and limit their risk of litigation. Melissa also represents employers both before and after a lawsuit is filed, in proceedings before the EEOC, NLRB, Department of Labor, and state and federal courts, including enforcing non-competes, wage and hour claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, wrongful termination claims, and whistleblower claims.
While a student at the College of Law, Melissa was the Managing Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and distinguished herself academically, graduating third in her class and receiving the Outstanding Graduate Award. She is currently a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations as well as the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.
A member of a career Navy family, Melissa grew up on or around some of the major Navy bases along the East Coast including Jacksonville, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Charleston. These early experiences sparked a love of travel that has taken her to Hungary, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Israel, and Bolivia.