Mark R. Melrose

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Waynesville, North Carolina

Melrose Law, PLLC
Mark R. Melrose
Melrose Law, PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1990

Education: University of North Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024
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Melrose Law, PLLC

576 Dellwood Rd
Waynesville, NC 28786 Visit website


With a legal career spanning over three decades in western North Carolina, attorney Mark R. Melrose is the owner of Melrose Law, PLLC - Personal Injury Attorneys, located in Waynesville, North Carolina. He has been dedicated to advocating for clients in state and federal courts, primarily focusing on cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

In addition, Mr. Melrose is adept at handling cases related to general civil litigation, estate litigation and appellate proceedings. He has built a reputation by consistently upholding ethical values and displaying an unwavering commitment to ensuring fairness and just compensation for his clients.

After gaining admission to the North Carolina State Bar in 1990, Mr. Melrose has been admitted to practice law in all tiers of the North Carolina court system, including arguing before the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Additionally, he has successfully litigated cases within the federal court system and the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and has prepared legal briefs for submission to the United States Supreme Court.

Beyond his legal practice, Mr. Melrose has been active in several legal organizations as well as nonprofit ventures such as:

  • The Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina
  • The Southwestern Community College Criminal Justice
  • The American Association for Justice
  • The North Carolina Bar Association
  • The North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • The Mountain Dispute Settlement Center
  • The REACH
  • The Jackson County State’s Attorney Citizens Advisory Board
  • The Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home

With a heart dedicated to service, Mr. Melrose was a past president of the Jackson/Swain County Bar Association. He has also served on the board of governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Additionally, he was honored with the pro bono award twice in the 30th Judicial District, in 1992 and 1998, and led the district's pro bono committee. Over the years, he has dedicated his time to volunteer work for the North Carolina mock trial competitions for high school students.

Mr. Melrose possesses numerous accolades in his professional career and has been a frequent speaker at continuing education workshops across North Carolina. He is also a proficient author. Moreover, he has been rated distinguished through Martindale-Hubbell and holds a "Superb" rating on Avvo.

After completing his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, in 1985, Mr. Melrose graduated magna cum laude. Following this accomplishment, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill in 1989.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault & Battery, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Dental Malpractice, Dram Shop Laws, Felony, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sex Offenses, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 1990, North Carolina

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Western Carolina Community Board member, September 2015 – present
  • Jackson County Citizens Advisory Committee, Member, 2006
  • Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association, Member
  • REACH, Center for domestic violence survivors), Member Board of Directors
  • 30th Judicial District Fee Arbitration Committee, Fee Arbitrator
  • Mountain Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., Member Board of Directors; Vice President
  • Southwestern Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home, Board Member, 2012 - 2015
  • North Carolina High School Mock Trial Competition, Western Regional Coordinator, 1994 – 2020
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Service Awards for 30th Judicial District
  • Honoree, Super Lawyers
  • Honoree, Best Lawyers
  • Recipient, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Order of the Coif Service Awards
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Surviving a Solo Practice, N.C. Bar Journal, Winter, 1996
  • Presentation to Civics Class at Tuscola High School on the fundamental principles of fairness and justice in the American legal system
  • Presentation:  Malpractice and Risk Management in the Physician’s Office, Haywood Community College for Medical Technicians, July 10, 2006 – Present
  • Seminar: The Trial Process and Jury Selection
  • Seminars: Case Selection and Management – How to Sleep Better, Retire Earlier and Live Longer
  • Seminar:  How we Defended this Case, 1900
  • Seminar: Advanced Directives for Health Care Professionals, Harris Regional Hospital, 1997
  • Seminar: Risk Management for Outdoor Educators, Christian Wilderness Leadership Council (1996, 1997)
  • Presentation: “Defending your Client Against Efforts to get his Mental Health Records”,  (1999)
  • Presentation: 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)
  • Seminar: to WNC Legal Aid attorneys pursuant to Private Attorney’s Initiative: Pre-trial discovery and procedures; practical tips, June 2016
  • Invited Speaker:  Career Day Junaluska Elementary School October 2017
  • Presentation: How to Take the Treating Doctor’s Deposition: From Start to Finish May 2019
Educational Background:
  • Western Carolina University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1985
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • North Carolina, 1990
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1994
  • Jackson/Swain County Bar Association, Past President
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, President’s Club; Board of Governors; Legal Services Committee

Office location for Mark R. Melrose

576 Dellwood Rd
Waynesville, NC 28786

Phone: 828-358-3002


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  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

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