Melanie Grayson

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Melanie-Grayson

Melanie Grayson

Email: mgrayson@fabianvancott.com

Direct Line : 801.323.2248

Fax : 801.596.2814

215 South State Street Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Biography

Melanie Grayson is an associate at Fabian VanCott with a practice emphasis on litigation, employment, immigration, education, natural resources and environmental law. In the employment sector, Melanie defends employers at all stages of litigation. She provides practical advice on matters ranging from noncompetition agreements and employee handbooks to wage and hour claims and discrimination suits. She has also advised clients about their business immigration needs, such as H-1B and L-1 visas. Melanie is able to team her skills with Fabian VanCott attorneys who are experienced in the firm's areas of core competency. In the education sector, Melanie advises schools regarding compliance with state and federal special education laws, hiring and termination, and real property issues.

Melanie graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she was president of the Natural Resources Law Forum, associate articles editor for Utah Law Review and was recognized for her academic achievements as a Quinney Fellow and as a William H. Leary Scholar. Melanie interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division during law school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. She serves as a board member for the Sugar House Park Authority. Melanie is licensed to practice in Utah's state and federal courts, and federal court in Colorado.

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Professional

Co-chair, Fabian VanCott Energy & Utilities Law Practice Group, 2014-2015
Associate, Fabian VanCott, September 2013-present; Summer Associate, Summer 2012
Recognized as a "Rising Star," Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2017
Member, Women Lawyers of Utah
Admitted to the Utah State Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Environment and Natural Resources Department, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; Intern, Summer 2011
Sierra Club, Jackson, Wyoming; Associate Regional Representative, 2007-2010
Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003-2006

Education

J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2013
Recipient, Robert W. Swenson Natural Resources Scholarship, Spring 2013
Quinney Fellow, 2011-2012
CALI Awards (highest grade in course): Legal Methods, Fall 2010; Environmental Practice, Summer 2011
College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award: Legal Methods, Spring 2011; Natural Resources, Fall 2011
William H. Leary Scholar
Associate Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
Judicial Internship, Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, Utah Supreme Court, Spring 2012
Academic Support Program Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011; Legal Methods Writing Course Teaching Assistant, 2012-2013
President, Natural Resources Law Forum; 2L Representative, Student Bar Association; Member, Women's Law Caucus; Public Interest Law Organization
B.A., Vassar College, 2003

Community Service

Treasurer, Sugar House Park Authority, March 2015-December 2016
Board Member, Sugar House Park Authority, June 2014-Present
Board Member, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Young Alumni Board, June 2013-March 2015