She is the Managing Attorney of Bond, Botes & Wetzel, P.C. located in Mobile, Alabama. Upon graduation from Springhill College with a degree in Political Science, Melissa became certified as a legal assistant and worked as a paralegal before attending law school at The University of Alabama. Her practice has primarily focused on Bankruptcy and Commercial Law. Over the years, she has served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Mobile Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section; served as Secretary & Newspaper Editor for the Alabama State Bar, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section; served as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair for the Alabama State Bar, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section; and served as both a Member and Chair on various local bankruptcy committees.
Melissa has represented consumers for over 26 years. She has also represented trustees, creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings across the State of Alabama.
Spring Hill College, BS in Political Science with a Minor in Legal Studies, 1988
Outstanding Leadership Scholarship, Academic Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992
Alabama 1992 – Active and in Good Standing
Florida 1996 – Active and in Good Standing
Presently and/or Previously admitted to practice law in the following Federal Courts:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
Honors & Awards
Bureau of National Affairs Award – The University of Alabama School of Law
Am Jur Book Award for Best Exam Paper in Evidence under the direction of Dean/Professor Charles Gamble
Internship in Commercial Law for Professor Donald Baker.
Memberships & Affiliations
Served on the Board of the Alabama State Bar Association
Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section as Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Newspaper Editor from 2006-2012
Served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Mobile Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section
Served as Chair and as a member of various local bankruptcy committees
Past and/or Present Member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Baldwin County Bar Association, Mobile Bar Association, and Mobile Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Section.
2008-2009 – Editor of the Stream of Commerce newsletter published by the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
Legal Seminars & Presentations
I have served as a speaker at the Alabama State Bar Bankruptcy at the Beach Seminar, the University of Alabama Bankruptcy Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama, and at various local bankruptcy seminars. I have also served as moderator for various panels at bankruptcy seminars.
Local Charity Participation
I have volunteered and participated in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and other local charities throughout our community.
Favorite Local Restaurant
R&R Seafood located on the Causeway between Mobile and Spanish Fort. I love the Royal Red Shrimp and the Crawfish.
What I like best about my job
My favorite thing about my job is getting to meet new people/clients every day, and being able to help them with their financial situation when they feel like they have completely lost control of the situation. The feedback from clients is very rewarding to me. Simply hearing clients say that I have helped them be able to sleep at night again makes my day.
A client recently sent me a “Thank You” card and stated “Thank you for all your hard work for me and patience. I truthfully was a wreck and you carried me thru this bankruptcy. So grateful for you!”
Bond, Botes, & Wetzel, P.C.
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