Michael Melonakos was born in Monroe, Michigan and attended Michigan State University where he majored in finance and international business. Michael also served as the president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau. At The University of Georgia, where he obtained his law degree, Michael served as a notes editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property and a teacher’s assistant to first year law students in Contracts, plus he co-founded the Business Law Society. Michael is licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina.
Following law school, Michael spent the first few years of his legal career working for two of Atlanta’s premier insurance defense firms. He represented locally and nationally known companies, trucking companies, automobile insurers and premises liability insurers in defense of lawsuits filed by accident victims. His tenure in the large law firm environment and representation of the big insurance companies provided the experience necessary to obtain successful and favorable settlements and verdicts. By evaluating, investigating, defending and trying personal injury claims on a daily basis throughout the formative years of his career, Michael developed the skills necessary for fighting the insurance companies’ team of lawyers and their unlimited resources.
When not working for his personal injury clients, Michael volunteers for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. He also serves on the steering committee of the Atlanta Bar Foundation’s “LawJam – Lawyer Battle of the Bands” and participates in the “Bard Show” to raise money for charity.