Melissa Riess

Position: Staff Attorney

Melissa Riess joined Disability Rights Advocates in 2017 as a Staff Attorney. She previously represented individual and small business plaintiffs in class action and complex litigation involving consumer fraud and the mis-sale of financial products. Prior to practicing law in California, she coordinated strategic litigation to combat the displacement of people during conflict at the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international humanitarian organization. Ms. Riess received an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, a JD from Hastings College of Law, and an AB in Political Science from Brown University.

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