Address: 2111 E. Highland Ave. Suite B440, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Lawyer Firm: Righi Fitch Law Group
|Areas of Practice||General Liability, Construction Defect Litigation, Insurance Law, Governmental Liability, Retail and Hospitality|
Melissa Lin is a partner at Righi Law Group and has earned the AV® Preeminent TM* Peer Review Rating. Her practice includes the representation of individuals, contractors, businesses, and municipalities in tort andcontract litigation, primarily in the areas of general liability, construction defect litigation, complex litigation, personal injury, and product liability. She was honored as a 2012 through 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star. She was named to Lawyers of Color’s 2013 Inaugural Hot List for the Western Region, and was also named as one of the top valley attorneys by North Valley magazine in 2013.
Melissa prides herself on the early evaluation of cases for creative and early case settlement and resolution. She has successfully defended, mediated, and settled numerous construction defect cases for general contractors and developers involving multiple homeowners and homeowners’ associations. She successfully prevailed on a defense motion for summary judgment on a breach of implied warranty claim through appeal, motion for reconsideration, and motion for new trial where Plaintiff alleged damages over a million dollars. The ruling on motion for partial summary judgment limited Plaintiff’s damages to approximately $50,000, and led the parties to ultimately settle.
Melissa was second chair for the defense of a multi‐week seven day construction defect trial where Plaintiff was requesting just under a million dollars in damages, and the defense asserted a cost of repair of just under $200,000. The jury found for the defense on common law fraud, consumer fraud, and negligent misrepresentation claims, and only awarded Plaintiff damages on warranty claims in the amount of $230,000.As a result of defense work on fee‐shifting, Plaintiff agreed to walk away from the trial judgment with each party bearing their own fees and costs.
She was a 2008‐2012 board member of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) of the Phoenix Art Museum. She previously served as the 2010‐2011 president, 2009‐2010 vice president of membership andthe 2008‐2009 secretary for WoMAC. She was honored as the December 2011 Volunteer of the Month by the Phoenix Art Museum.
Melissa is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona where her parents have owned and operated a small business for over thirty‐six years. She enjoys rock climbing, yoga, sprint triathlons,walking her three dogs, and spending time with her husband.
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