CONTACTS

Tel: (757) 955-8545


EDUCATION

Washington and Lee University School of Law – J.D.
The College of William & Mary – B.S. (Environmental Science)

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Ms. Picco handles a broad range of civil litigation matters in federal and state courts, with a focus on employment matters, representing employers and employees across the full spectrum of labor and personnel issues. Her practice also includes construction law, contract disputes and insurance defense.

Ms. Picco has a well-developed expertise in the analysis and drafting of Non-Competes and Non-Solicitation Agreements.

Melissa is originally from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  The Navy brought her to Virginia Beach, when she married her husband, who is an Officer in the US Navy.  They have two children, ages 8 and 10.  Her free time is focused on volunteering at her children’s’ school and with local environmental causes.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Civil litigation practice involves all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation.
  • Represents employers and employees with Fair Labor Standards Act grievances, EEOC discrimination and sexual harassment claims arising from the workplace
  • Provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.
  • Assists governmental and private employers in managing and limiting risks through the use of employment policies and procedures and drafts Employee Handbooks for employers, both private and governmental localities.
  • Routinely counsels employers regarding workplace issues including with respect to employee complaints and disciplinary actions to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, as well as state and federal law.
  • Drafts and negotiates employment, non-competition and severance agreements.
  • Represents litigants in construction and contract disputes ranging from mechanics’ liens to installation and design defects to payment and performance bond claims.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Robertson v. City of Suffolk, Case No. 2:11cv370 (March 12, 2012) (E.D. Va)

PRESENTATIONS

  • Co-Presenter, “Design Practice in a Competitive and Litigious World (Understanding of the Legal Issues and Liabilities Related to the Professional Practice of Architecture and Engineering)”, April 23, 2003

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected to Virginia’s Super Lawyers “Rising Stars“, 2007
  • Winner (Best Brief Competition) in the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition
  • Semi-Finalist (Oral Advocacy Competition) in the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition
  • Member of the National Moot Court Team, Washington and Lee University School of Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Virginia Bar Association

What Clients Say About Melissa

Ms. Melissa Picco and their team were engaged, very supportive, respectful and informative throughout this difficult time for me.
My experience with Sullivan Law Group has been stellar! Ms. Melissa Picco and their team were engaged, very supportive, respectful and informative throughout this difficult time for me. They consistently went above and beyond my expectations and I could not have done this without them! They genuinely cared about me, my financial situation, and my difficult work situation. They allowed me to partner with them and be part of the process and solutions which has greatly contributed to my healing and recovery. Their challenging work is clearly about the meaning it brings to them personally and professionally and their mission. I give them my highest recommendation without reservations and would trust them with my friends and family. They are a pleasure with which to work, they care and they are very competent!
S.N.
Our company hired The Sullivan Law Group based on outstanding recommendations from other businesses. These recommendations were exactly on point.
With two separate employment matters, our company hired The Sullivan Law Group based on outstanding recommendations from other businesses. These recommendations were exactly on point. We worked closely with Melissa Picco and found her to be comprehensive, strategic, highly professional and responsive. Any question that we had any time, she answered quickly and thoroughly. As we continued through our cases, she thought of every possible scenario and questions that we had not even considered. What we received from Melissa were impeccably detailed defenses to frivolous cases, resulting in outstanding outcomes. We could not be more pleased with the results, and would not hesitate to recommend Melissa to any other company in the same situation.
M.P.