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Melissa L. Romero


P. 303.244.1898 | F. 303.244.1879


Melissa Romero focuses on complex commercial litigation for sophisticated clients across various practice areas. She represents clients in a wide range of disputes and industries, including franchise, telecommunications, automotive, oil & gas, and energy matters. She has substantial experience developing and implementing national litigation, trial, and settlement strategies, taking and defending depositions, managing complex discovery and motions practice, and handling hearings and trials. 

Before joining WTO, Melissa worked as a law clerk to The Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and The Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Melissa graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she received a full-tuition Chancellor’s Scholarship and served as the Executive Board Articles Editor of the Denver University Law Review. She also received numerous honors and awards during law school, including the Reese Persuasive Writing Award, the Hartje Objective Writing Award, and several Scholastic Excellence Awards, which are given to the top law student in each class.


Commercial, Franchise, and Employment

Professional Malpractice and Product Liability

  • Won partial summary judgment and dismissal of product liability claims brought against a national automobile manufacturer based on unsupported allegations of a design defect in the vehicle's occupant restraint system.
  • Obtained a favorable defense settlement in a medical malpractice case following the first few days of a jury trial. Handled numerous aspects of trial including witness preparation, motions in limine, depositions, and jury instructions.
  • Drafted pleadings, dispositive motions, and mediation statements for a professional malpractice case that resulted in a favorable settlement for WTO's clients.
  • Represented an appliance manufacturer in a product liability class action that settled favorably.

Pro Bono

  • Won complete administrative closure of removal proceedings, allowing WTO's asylum client and her minor son to remain in the United States with work authorization, indefinitely.
  • Won preliminary injunction for WTO's client under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, preventing WTO's client's former partner from removing his children from the State of Colorado during the pendency of the Hague matter.
  • Settled a breach of contract case brought by a national bank against WTO's client on favorable terms, reducing the client's payment to under 12% of the plaintiff's original demand.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, "The Use of Court Appointed Experts and Masters in Civil Cases," 46 Colo. Law. 1, (January 2017).
  • "Making Space for Cultural Differences in Child Welfare," 38 NACC: Guardian 6, (August 2016).
  • "Connick v. Thompson: Forsaking Constitutional Due Process for Fear of Flooding Litigation and Loss of Municipal Autonomy," 89 DENV. U.L. REV. 771, (December 2012).

Other Experience

Fluent Spanish speaker 
Civil Litigation Clinic, Student Attorney
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center 
     Bilingual Legal and Social Work Intern
Jefferson County Office of the Public Defender, Social Work Intern
Colorado Succeeds, Education Policy Intern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
    Ones to Watch - Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022-2024
    Ones to Watch - Product Liability Litigation, 2023-2024
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2023-2024
Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
     Former Board Member
Law Firm Coalition for Racial Equity
     Firm Liaison 
Law School...Yes We Can!
    Program Mentor
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    Fellow, 2023 
Spanish Speaking Lawyers’ Committee of the Colorado Bar Association 
     Former Vice Chair, Member
Colorado General Counsel Mentor Program, 2021-2023
Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Member
Our Courts Hispanic Outreach Committee 
     Member and Volunteer Presenter
Project Safeguard Legal Clinics, Former Interpreter
Legal Nights at Mi Casa Legal Resource Center, Former Interpreter

Teaching Positions

DU Graduate School of Social Work
     Adjunct Professor, The Law of Family and Child, 2015-2018
Allen Elementary School in Austin, TX
     Bilingual Third Grade Teacher, 2006-2010

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