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Melanie Stratton Lopez

Melanie Stratton Lopez is an associate at the firm’s Raleigh office. She is a member of the labor, employment, and workplace safety practice group.

Prior to joining the firm, Melanie was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Atlanta, Georgia for over three years. During her time at DOL, Melanie regularly appeared at hearings and trial before administrative courts throughout the Southeast in matters arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Act. Melanie also represented the Wage and Hour Division of DOL before Federal and Administrative Courts regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Service Contract Act, among others. Melanie also brought warrant and subpoena enforcement actions on behalf of the DOL in U.S. District Court.

Melanie has first-chaired multiple trials, conducted over thirty depositions, managed a robust motions practice, and negotiated and drafted complex settlement agreements. Melanie also successfully defended Agency management against hostile work environment claims, prohibited personnel practices, and allegations of employment discrimination before the EEOC and MSPB.

Prior to working as a trial attorney for DOL, Melanie participated in DOL’s competitive two-year Honor’s Program in Washington, D.C. During the two-year program, Melanie detailed in five divisions within the Solicitor’s Office including: the Fair Labor Standards Division; the Management and Administrative Legal Services Division; the Arlington Regional Office; the Atlanta Regional Office, and the Occupational Safety and Health Division, gaining a deep working knowledge of the Agency’s regulatory, policy, and appellate functions.

  • Outstanding Clinical Education Award, received for excellence in the field work component of the UNC Law Immigration Clinic
  • Former Public Interest Section Board Member of the Atlanta Bar Association
  • “OSHA Investigations: What To Do and When,” American Pyrotechnics Association, February 13, 2020
  • “Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations: Wage and Hour Updates: Understanding Critical Essentials,” National Business Institute, October 15, 2019
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “Workplace Violence and the General Duty Clause: Measures Health Care Employers Can Take to Reduce Their Liability and Protect Health Care Workers from Patient Aggression,” American Health Law Association, April 15, 2020
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