Melissa Heinlein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Lord + Heinlein
 | 309 Clifton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-333-5673
Fax: 612-206-3344
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Administrative Law (30%),
  • Health Care (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney and advocate at Lord + Heinlein, Melissa Heinlein represents clients in Minneapolis. She is a professional license defense and personal injury attorney and has almost a decade of experience providing personalized representation to every client as a thoughtful advocate for their rights. When clients come to her after being injured by the negligence of another, she uses all the tools at her disposal to obtain compensation for their injuries.

Ms. Heinlein attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science before moving on to law school to complete her goal of becoming an advocate for those who may be victimized by others. At Mitchell Hamline School of Law, she graduated with a Juris Doctor and is now admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota.

A member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, she is also actively involved in the American Association for Justice, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Ms. Heinlein is passionate about women’s equality and spent several years working on environmental and social justice campaigns in St. Paul/Minneapolis area before pursuing a career in law.

With a passionate love for the state and its residents, Ms. Heinlein is committed to providing personalized attention and passionate legal advocacy for everyone who needs her help. During an internship with the Juvenile Division of the Ramsey County Public Defender’s office, she developed a love for and commitment to helping underserved communities. She also published an article in the Hamline University Journal of Public Law and Policy during this time related to the age of consent.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Administrative Law
  • 20%Health Care
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Licensing, Health & Health Care Law


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Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

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About Melissa Heinlein

Admitted: 2012, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Received award for journal article published in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy about juvenlie sex trafficking titled, "The Age of Consent: How Minnesota's Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act of 2011 Falls Short of Fully Addressing Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.", Equal Justice Award, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • MNAJ, Member, 2016
  • (TAANA) The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Member, 2017
  • AAJ, Member, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • North Start Lawyer for completing 50+ hours of pro-bono service per year., 2015
  • Board Member, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • This article explored how reforms by the Minnesota legislature to address juvenlie sex trafficking, specifically, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act of 2011, failed to completely and comprehensively address the numerous challenges facing our state and nation in addressing the widespread issue of domestic child sex trafficking., Author, The Age of Consent: How Minnesota's Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act of 2011 Falls Short of Fully Addressing Domestic Child Sex Trafficking., Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 33, Hamline University School Of Law


  • I have represented over 100 licensed professionals before their Minnesota state licensing boards, from nurses to chiropractors and doctors (and provided consultation on various practice issues for approximately ten additional clients).  My overall case results are as follows (approx.): 50% complete dismissals with no negative action taken against client's license, 45% some disciplinary action taken with preservation of ability to practice, 5% period of suspension or complete revocation of license.   All cases settled prior to going into contested cases with the exception of two.  Ultimately, both of those cases came to settlement prior to finalization of the administrative contested case procedure.  I have also defended individuals from findings of maltreatment from DHS. I have sought reconsiderations and set-asides for my clients, as well as represented individuals through the Fair Hearing Process opposite the Department of Health., 2013
  • Represented (as co-counsel) defendant business owner in business dispute.  Bench trial resulted in complete dismissal being returned by Judge in favor of our client with an award of costs, with interest. I handled a portion of motion practice during trial, deposed Plaintiff's expert witness, assisted with preparation of Defendant's expert witness, managed and catalogued all trial exhibits and all handled all post-trial motions., 2016
  • Claimant driver was caused to collide with at-fault driver when they failed to yeild to Claimant, who was traveling at highway speeds. Claimant sufferred severe head, neck and back injury and was extracted from vehicle using jaws of life.  Claimant made a full medical recovery. Claim settled for $90,000.00., 2017
  • Claimant musician was attacked by landlord's cat on right hand and sufferred severe infection which required hospitalization and surgical repair, resulting in extensive scarring and limited range of motion.  Claim settled for $90,000.00., 2017
  • Plaintiff bicycle courier was struck by at-fault automobile driver while at work and sustained serious injury to knee and partial permanent disability. Also received sizeable work-comp benefits. Recovered policy limits on the liability claim of $150,000.00 and policy limits on the underinsured motorist claim of $25,000.00 for a total recovery of $175,000.00., 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, BA Political Science, 2004
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Office Location for Melissa Heinlein

309 Clifton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone: 612-333-5673

Fax: 612-206-3344

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Last Updated: 1/13/2021

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