Melissa R. Alvarez -Complex Civil Litigation Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


Melissa R. Alvarez focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and products liability defense. She regularly represents clients in product liability actions in state and federal jurisdictions.  Melissa regularly advises clients, including medical device manufacturers, on product liability risks and exposure. She has experience counseling clients in matters associated with major toxic tort, commercial and business litigation, the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

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  • Represented the government of Chile in RICO litigation against US banks
  • Represents a real estate investment trust (REIT) in a JAMS complex arbitration proceeding culminating in a multimillion-dollar award to the REIT
  • Ongoing representation of a Fortune 100 company in toxic tort litigation throughout the State of Florida


  • Dade County Bar Association, 2006 Pro Bono Service Award, domestic violence


  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • The Hispanic National Bar Association, Member

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Columbia Law School, JD, 2004
University of Miami, BA, with honors, 2001


Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
US District Court for the Northern District of Florida

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