Melinda Meade Meyers’ practice focuses on federal regulatory law as it pertains to natural resources.  She represents Alaska Native corporations, concessioners, public lands user groups, zoos and aquariums, and others on regulatory compliance matters, corporate governance, and strategic business decisions related to permitting and government contracting.

Melinda’s expertise includes national park concessions, wildlife and animal law, federal small business contracting, and litigation.  She has experience advocating for clients before various courts and administrative agencies in matters involving the Endangered Species Act, Animal Welfare Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and other natural resources statutes.  Melinda also counsels Alaska Native corporations on federal small business government contracting and 8(a) Program small business development issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Melinda was an associate in the D.C. office of an Alaska-based law firm, where she focused on wildlife and Alaska Native issues.

Before attending law school, Melinda served as Director of Communications for the National Park Hospitality Association, a national organization representing U.S. national park concessioners.  She also worked in various capacities at the American Recreation Coalition, where she collaborated in the development and implementation of nationwide programs and initiatives promoting outdoor recreation industries.

Melinda is originally from Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Experience
    • Drafts, reviews, and revises contracts with, and administrative applications to, various federal and state agencies, including the National Park Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Small Business Administration.
    • Analyzes issues and writes reports on implications of proposed and final federal legislation and administrative rulemakings for clients’ business interests, proposes recommendations for responding to federal policy initiatives, and drafts agency comments for clients.
    • Drafted a successful motion for summary judgment for aquarium client sued by activist organizations in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; decision was upheld on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
    • Represented hunters in litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and snowmobilers in federal litigation over access to public lands.

  • Professional Affiliations
  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    District of Columbia Bar
    Virginia State Bar
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Government Service
  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership

Education

George Mason University School of Law J.D., 2013, Symposium Editor, George Mason Law Review, Moot Court Board Member

Cornell University B.A., 2008