Melody Kiella is an experienced civil litigator specializing in all aspects of complex civil litigation, including trucking/transportation law, catastrophic personal injury defense, premises liability, and negligent security. She has extensive experience in managing high-volume and high-profile cases from the pre-litigation stages through trial.
Melody is a zealous and loyal advocate for her clients, which include motor carriers, logistics and supply chain companies, commercial motor vehicle drivers, a national rideshare company, a Southeast real estate investment trust involved in multifamily and residential development and management, national and local retailers, and insurers. Melody prides herself on her ability to establish a trust relationship with her clients, which includes ensuring that she knows how their businesses operate and any short-term and long-term strategic goals her clients have that may impact litigation and/or trial strategy.
Melody is the Chair of the Drew Eckl & Farnham Association of Women Lawyers and also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Transportation Industry Committee, and Marketing Committee. Additionally, she is active in the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”), the American Bar Association (“ABA”), and is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (an invite-only organization composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction). Specifically, Melody serves as the Online Programming Chair and the 2021 Trucking Law Primer Vice Chair for DRI’s Trucking Law Committee; the Publications Chair for DRI For Life; and was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Leadership Academy.
Melody graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law (graduating 13/313 overall), was a Dean King Scholar during her 2nd and 3rd years, acted as a teaching assistant for Contracts I and II, Civil Procedure I and II, and Torts, and was an editor of the MSU Law Review.