Melody Kiella has been practicing law for over seven years as a civil litigation attorney. She specializes in all aspects of complex civil litigation and represents clients in connection with a broad spectrum of legal matters, including transportation/trucking law, personal injury, premises liability, catastrophic injuries, construction litigation, commercial litigation, breach of contract, and general liability. She has extensive experience in managing files from the pre-litigation stages through trial, which experience includes pre-litigation investigations, analysis of potential liability, and providing strategic advice to avoid possible future litigation; pre-litigation settlement negotiations; positioning cases for dismissal on summary judgment through investigation, discovery, depositions, and creative legal arguments; taking and defending depositions; participating in oral argument on dispositive motions and discovery motions; drafting answers, complaints, motions, briefs, motions in limine, and other pleadings filed at all stages of litigation; and coordinating with and using experts.

Ms. Kiella graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating 13/313 overall, was a Dean King Scholar from 2008 to 2010, 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.

Ms. Kiella currently serves on her law firm’s Diversity Committee, Transportation Industry Committee, Social Committee, and is a Mentor in the Mentor/Mentee Program; serves as the 2017-2018 American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Section Vice Chair to the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee; serves as the 2018-2019 Chair of the Substantive Law Groups for the DRI Trucking Law Committee; serves as a member on the 2018-2019 DRI For Life Steering Committee; serves as a member of the 2018-2019 DRI Young Lawyers Community Page Subcommittee; and serves as a member of the 2018-2019 the DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee’s Marketing Committee. 

Education


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
summa cum laude

California State Polytechnic University, B.A.

Court Admissions


All State and Superior Courts of Georgia 

United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia 

Memberships


American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Section, 2018-19

-Vice-Chair to Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee;

-Vice-Chair to Women Trial Lawyers General Committee;

-Young Lawyer Representative to Young Lawyers Standing Committee;

-Young Lawyer Representative to Women Trial Lawyers Task Force

CLM – Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

DRI Trucking Steering Committee

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association