Melody Kiella is an experienced litigator specializing in all aspects of complex civil litigation. She represents clients in connection with a broad spectrum of legal matters, including transportation/trucking law, personal injury, premises liability, negligent security, mold damage and exposure, catastrophic injuries, commercial litigation, breach of contract, and general liability. Ms. Kiella 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 and theories; taking and defending depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and expert witnesses; participating in oral argument on motions, including dispositive, discovery, and pre-trial 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 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.

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 Webinar Chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee; serves as the Publications Chair for DRI For Life; serves as the Vice Chair of the Premises Law Substantive Law Committee to the DRI Retail & Hospitality Committee; serves as the Vice Chair to the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of ABA/TIPS; serves as the Vice Chair to the Women Trial Lawyers General Committee of ABA/TIPS; serves as the Young Lawyer Representative to Women Trial Lawyers Task Force of ABA/TIPS; and serves as the Young Lawyer Representative to the Young Lawyer Standing Committee of ABA/TIPS.

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