Melissa Friedman concentrates her practice in state and federal criminal defense and the appeal of criminal convictions. She has appeared in all levels of appellate courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in several United States Courts of Appeal, and in the Supreme Court. Her successes include cases in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, she is accomplished in the representation of individuals charged in federal and state trial courts.
Melissa received her BA from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She worked as a law clerk for a federal judge in Kentucky before settling in Southwest Virginia. Her career in Roanoke began when she clerked for the Honorable James C. Turk, in the United States District Court for Western District of Virginia. She has been associated with Tony Anderson and Anderson & Friedman for over 20 years.
She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Roanoke Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Roanoke Bar Association. She is a Master of the Bench in the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court.
Her hobbies include reading extensively and traveling to see the world and her extended family.