Mark Melrose

Mark Melrose devotes all of his professional attention to trial work and has been actively trying a wide variety of serious cases to juries during the past 27 years. His areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, criminal defense, estate litigation, insurance bad faith, and Constitutional law. His zealous commitment to protecting the rights of his clients and seeking justice has earned him and the cases in which he has been involved regular media attention. Mr. Melrose also donates a considerable amount of time each year to various pro bono cases, as well as to speaking engagements in public schools and universities on a variety of legal topics. He has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His affiliation with the Advocates further extends to serving on its Educational Committee.

Mr. Melrose began his education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1985. He completed his education at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill in 1989, earning a Juris Doctor degree. Since being admitted to the Bar in North Carolina in 1990, he has twice been honored with the Pro Bono Service Award for the 30th Judicial District, once in 1992 and again in 1998. He has served as chairman of the District's Pro Bono Committee. He is a member of Lawyer Pilot Bar Association.   He was elected president of the Jackson/Swain County Bar Association in 2006.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Melrose has conducted numerous highly acclaimed seminars and presentations on a variety of topics, including "Case Selection and Management - How to Sleep Better, Retire Earlier and Live Longer," "Attorney's Fees," "The Trial Process and Jury Selection," "Defending Your Client against Efforts to Get His Mental Health Records," "Risk Management for Outdoor Educators," "Advanced Directives for Health Care Professionals," and on "October seventh, 2006 at Haywood Community College for Medical Technicians: Malpractice and risk management in the Physician's Office."

Mr. Melrose has also been honored to be appointed to the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department Advisory Board. He is actively engaged in coaching youth soccer teams. 

A consummate, highly respected professional, Mr. Melrose is also a published author. Years ago, he wrote and published his first novel for young adult readers entitled "Take A Chance" dedicated to his son, Adam.  Adam has now become attorney, and practices with Melrose Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Criminal Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Estate Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1994
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • North Carolina, 1990
  • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • B.S. summa cum laude - 1985
  • Major: Parks & Recreation Management
  • Minor: Writing and Editing

Selected Published Works

  • Surviving a Solo Practice, N.C. Bar Journal, Winter, 1996

Representative Cases

  • State v. Williamson, 122 N.C. App. 229 (1996)
  • Kirkpatrick v. Gibson, 445 S.E.2d 396
  • McDonald v. Medford, 111 N.C. App.643


  • Invited Speaker:  Career Day Junaluska Elementary School October, 2017
  • Seminar to WNC Legal Aid attorneys pursuant to Private Attorney's Initiative: Pre-trial discovery and procedures; practical tips, June, 2016
  • Presentation at Western Carolina University Criminal Justice Forum, "Real Life Perspective of Capital Trials From Prosecution and Defense" (Co-presented with Assistant District Attorney Jim Moore) (2013)
  • Presentation, "Defending your Client Against Efforts to get his Mental Health Records", Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Inc., 1999
  • Seminar, Risk Management for Outdoor Educators, Christian Wilderness Leadership Council (1996, 1997)
  • Seminar, Advanced Directives for Health Care Professionals, Harris Regional Hospital, 1997
  • Seminars, State v. Edwardo Wong: How we Defended this Case
  • Seminars, Case Selection and Management - How to Sleep Better, Retire Earlier and Live Longer
  • The Trial Process and Jury Selection
  • Defending Your Client against Efforts to Get His Mental Health Records
  • Malpractice and Risk Management in the Physician's Office, Haywood Community College for Medical Technicians, July 10, 2006 - Present
  • Presentation to Civics Class at Tuscola High School on the fundamental principles of fairness and justice in the American legal system.

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award for 30th Judicial District 1992, 1998
  • District's Pro Bono Committee, Chairman, 1993
  • Order of the Coif Service Awards, North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Western Carolina Community Board member (September 2015 - present)
  • Member North Carolina Advocates for Justice Political Action Committee 2012-present (dedicated to protecting the rights of citizens access to the courts)
  • Member Board of Directors nonprofit Kory Wawanaca Children's Home (Helped create professional Board to oversee amazing ministry to orphans and neglected children in Bolivia) (2012-2015)
  • 30th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, Chairman, 1993
  • North Carolina High School Mock Trial Competition, Western Regional Coordinator, 1994 - Present
    • Melrose Law is the regional sponsor of this invaluable program that teaches high school students the importance of our constitutional right to a jury trial. Mr. Melrose not only coordinates this event with his staff, but also donates considerable time and money to help sustain this volunteer program. Also sponsored by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Carolina Center for Civic Education
  • Southwestern Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Board Member, 1997 - 1999
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member Editorial Board
  • Mountain Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Member Board of Directors, 1995 - 1998
  • Mountain Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Vice President, 1997 - 1998
  • 30th Judicial District Fee Arbitration Committee, Fee Arbitrator, 1995 - 1996
  • REACH (Battered Women's Shelter), Member Board of Directors, 1994 - 1995
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member, (President's Club) 1992 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1995 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Lawyer Pilot Bar Association, Member
  • Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association, Member
  • Jackson/Swain County Bar Association, President, 2006
  • Haywood County Citizens Advisory Committee, Member, 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • W. Paul Holt, Jr. P.A., Associate, 1990 - 1991

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