Attorney Melanie Fahey graduated from the University of Dayton summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990, with a double major in international studies and political science. She then attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1993. She returned to her home state of Ohio and was admitted to the practice of law in November of 1993.
Melanie began her legal career in the public sector, serving as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, representing both the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio EPA at the trial level and on appeal. She continued her career in litigation by joining the Columbus office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and enjoyed practicing in a variety of substantive areas, including products liability, taxation, and bankruptcy.
Most recently, Melanie served as staff attorney and magistrate in the Richland County Common Pleas Court, where she worked on a wide variety of cases, covering topics such as breach of contract, negligence, property disputes, foreclosures, products liability, personal injury, workers' compensation, and employment discrimination. She has also continued to pursue her academic interests in international studies and political science by teaching as an adjunct professor at North Central State College and The Ohio State University.
After law school, Melanie earned her Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and has served her church as a minister in youth ministry, social justice ministry, and as a teacher in the religious education program. Melanie is a member of the Ohio Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She has served on school and community theater boards, and is currently the President-Elect of CACY (Community Action for Capable Youth). Melanie enjoys nature, animals, and spending time with her two sons.