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Melissa Lou


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Melissa works with companies and individuals to protect their interests in investigations by federal and state government agencies as well as in corporate internal investigations.

Melissa previously served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the economic crimes division, focusing on federal program fraud, tax fraud, investment fraud, and corruption.  Drawing on that experience, Melissa counsels clients in undertaking internal investigations, as well as in all stages of government investigations, from search warrants and grand jury subpoenas to trials and appeals.  Melissa has worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart LLP, Melissa worked at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., advising companies on internal investigations and in federal and state government investigations.

Melissa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes of the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable David G. Campbell of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Client Results

  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a government contractor and provided counsel regarding executive-level issues

  • Defended a private equity firm in investigations by the SEC and state securities boards involving broker-dealer registration, business operations, expected sales, and disclosure issues

  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a mining company concerning environmental controls and advocated on behalf of the company before a state environmental agency

  • Defended an individual in a DOJ criminal fraud and conspiracy investigation

  • Defended a major telecommunications company in a putative class-action lawsuit involving breach of fiduciary duty allegations

  • Represented a multi-level marketing company in a DOJ investigation concerning environmental issues and counseled the company on implementing an internal compliance program



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