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  • Ohio, 2015
    Michigan, 2016


University of Toledo College of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2015

Grand Valley State University, B.A. with honors, 2012


Melissa M. VanGessel’s areas of practice include labor law, employment law and immigration law. Ms. VanGessel is an associate in our Labor & Employment Practice Group and based in our Toledo office. She clerked for Eastman & Smith for over a year prior to becoming an associate.

Graduating first in her class from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2015,  Ms. VanGessel served as the managing editor of the University of Toledo Law Review.  While in law school, she authored “Wrongful Surrogacy: The Need for a Right of Action in Cases of Clear Negligence” for the law review and co-authored a number of articles for local newsletters.  Prior to law school, Ms. VanGessel earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and Spanish language, with honors, from Grand Valley State University.   She is fluent in Spanish.



Her practice covers the range of employment issues, including:

  • Disability & Accommodations
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • eDiscovery
  • Employment Practice Audits & Investigations
  • Grievance & Arbitration Processing
  • Hiring, Performance Management & Termination
  • Immigration (I-9 Compliance & Employment-Based Petitions
  • Litigation & Trials
  • Policies & Procedures (Handbooks)
  • Retaliation & Whistleblowing
  • Wage & Hour
  • Workers' Compensation

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Greater Southeast Michigan Society for Human Resource Management
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Order of the Barrister
  • Order of the Coif
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women’s Bar Association

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Events & Speaking Engagements


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