Melissa Rhea

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Washington, DC

Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC
 | 888 17th Street Northwest, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-879-7777
Fax: 202-393-2245
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Melissa Rhea is a senior trial lawyer at the malpractice law firm of Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C., where she handles catastrophic medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Ms. Rhea is a past president of the Trial Lawyers Association, D.C., and is a recipient of their Trial Lawyer of the Year. She is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America.*

In addition to her practice, Ms. Rhea is a longstanding faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop, where she teaches trial skills to the law school's second- and third-year students. She has served as a mediation trainer for the Superior Court's Multi-Door Civil Division and has participated in mediation training programs in Tanzania, Zambia and Romania.

Ms. Rhea graduated cum laude from Washington University and received her law degree from Washington College of Law of American University.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (100%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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About Melissa Rhea

Admitted: 1982, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C., 2008
  • Executive Committee, Washington Concert Opera

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Sustaining Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.
  • Maryland, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Sustaining Member, The American Association of Justice
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • President, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007
  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Mediator, and Mediation Trainer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs of the D.C. Superior Court
  • Faculty, American Bar Association U.S.-Africa Legal Exchange Program
  • Board of Trustees, President, Washington Concert Opera
  • Faculty, Harvard Law School Annual Trial Advocacy Workshops
  • Mentor, Street Law Program, Georgetown University Law Center

Educational Background:

  • Washington University, A.B., cum laude, 1979
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Office Location for Melissa Rhea

888 17th Street Northwest
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-879-7777

Fax: 202-393-2245

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Last Updated: 10/17/2019

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