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Melissa Michaud

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Schools & Education
Attorney Profile

Melissa Michaud received her undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University in 2004.  Upon graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught middle school for two years in eastern North Carolina.  In 2009, she received her law degree, with high honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During law school, Ms. Michaud was a staff member and editor of the North Carolina Law Review, student lawyer in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and member of the UNC Law Pro Bono Board.  Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Louise W. Flanagan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Prior to joining Tharrington Smith, Ms. Michaud was a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section.  There, her practice focused on enforcing civil rights statutes, such as Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the K-12 context.

About Melissa Michaud

First Admitted: 2009, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Educational Background

  • Brown University - B.S. Political Science, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2009
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, 2009
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2009
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Office Location for Melissa Michaud

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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