Overview

Melissa Jeanine Ackie represents employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters. She has extensive experience in handling litigation in arbitration, federal, and state courts across Texas, and is well-versed in the Texas court system. She has assisted clients in the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as class action wage and hour litigation in matters involving claims of unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work.

In addition to representing clients in litigation, Melissa has represented clients during investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Melissa also conducts training sessions and provides advice on numerous labor and employment law topics including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues, wage and hour issues, internal workplace investigations, employee release agreements, and leave and accommodation issues.

Before joining Littler, Melissa’s practice primarily focused on representing individuals and companies in Texas state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations in a variety of civil litigation defense actions.

While in law school, Melissa served as a judicial intern for Federal Judge Melinda Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, and represented the University of Texas School of Law at nationals in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

Melissa has been a certified mediator for the State of Texas since December 2011, and is a classically trained violist.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Member

Austin Black Lawyers Association

Pathfinder

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

2018

News, Analysis & Press

New Workplace Battlefield: Paid Sick Leave

Houston Chronicle

October 10, 2018

The New Workplace Battleground: Paid Sick Leave in Texas

Texas Tribune TribTalk

October 5, 2018

New Developments in Employment and Labor Law Under the Trump Administration, co-authored with Scott McDonald

July 2017

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment Discrimination Law Treatise, Bloomberg BNA, Sixth Edition, Chapter Contributor, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Employment Law Red Flags: How to Spot Them and How to Fix Them

Hispanic Bar Association of Austin CLE Presentation, Austin, TX

August 2018

CLI: Conducting Lawful Investigations

Client Training, San Antonio, TX

July 2018

Hospitality in the #MeToo Era: Shifting From Risk To Opportunity For A Better Work Environment

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association Conference, Lost Pines, TX

June 2018

Competency: Talent Management

Client Training, Austin, TX

May 2018

Respect in the Workplace

Client Training, Austin, TX

March 2018

Managing Within the Law

Client Training, Austin, TX

February 2018

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin, 2010Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas