New Market, VA WW/Press/September 11, 2018 – Michael J. Melkersen, Attorney with The Law Offices of Michael J. Melkersen, P.C., was selected for inclusion as a President’s Circle Member into the Top Attorneys of North America – 2018-2019 edition by The Who’s Who Directories.
Michael Melkersen has been practicing law for more than a decade specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, and business litigation. While still in law school, Melkersen authored the brief that ultimately led to the decision in Maximum Home Health Care, Inc. v. Shalala, Secretary of HHS, 272 F.3d 318 (6thCir. 2001), a landmark decision that was included by United States Supreme Court Justice Breyer in his textbook on administrative law. Early in his career, Melkersen achieved notoriety when he obtained sanctions in a reported federal opinion against one of the largest commercial law firms in Montgomery County Maryland in a case known as Melkersen v. Ray Construction Company, 315 B.R. 45 (D. Md. 2004), which changed the landscape of permitted practices in Maryland commercial and bankruptcy litigation and which has been cited by numerous courts since that time. Melkersen himself has taken multiple cases to the Virginia Supreme Court, including the recent case of Property Damage Specialists, Inc. v. Aaron Rechichar, 790 S.E.2nd 237 (Va. 2016) in which Melkersen persuaded the High Court to reverse the trial court on an important legal question involving punitive damages. Melkersen obtained this result for his client despite significant federal law contrary to his client’s position.
Melkersen has achieved verdicts and settlements of tens of millions of dollars in favor of his clients, and maintains a reputation for fearlessly and aggressively pursuing even the largest corporations including the likes of Eli Lilly & Company (pharmaceutical manufacturer), Landstar Ranger, Inc. (trucking company), Frito-Lay (snack manufacturer/distributor), and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (vehicle manufacturer/distributor), to name just a few. Of the thousands of lawsuits filed against Volkswagen for what has become known as “dieselgate” – a scandal by which VW equipped vehicles with software designed to deceive emissions tests into concluding that certain VW diesel vehicles emit EPA compliant emissions when the actual emissions emitted are 10-40 times higher than EPA standards allow – Melkersen was lead counsel in the first case that was scheduled to go to trial Volkswagen Nationwide, in which a settlement was reached on the eve of trial: the first such settlement nationwide. Melkersen’s work on the Volkswagen fraud cases has been chronicled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Fortune, Reuters, Fox News, the Washington Post, the Daily Show, and many other leading publications around the world. Melkersen was also featured in the recent Netflix documentary ‘Dirty Money,’ and personally uncovered Volkswagen’s fake scientific research involving testing on monkeys, a discovery that made headlines worldwide and was condemned by the public and world leaders. The German newspaper Handelsblatt has referred to Melkersen as “VW’s Erin Brokovich.”
Melkersen’s client’s have consistently given him the best possible rating of 5 out of 5 stars on the well-known AVVO lawyer rating service, which has led to Melkersen receiving the prestigious AVVO’s Clients ’ Choice Award. Melkersen has also been voted as one of the top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Virginia by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers selected Melkersen as one of the Top 100 Attorneys for Personal Injury Litigation in Virginia for 2018.”
Melkersen received his J.D. from William & Mary School of Law, and his M.B.A. from Southern Adventist University. He may be contacted directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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