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Melissa Hansel

Director of Administration

Melissa Hansel grew up in Georgia in a small town south of Atlanta.  Melissa moved to chilly Boston to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Marketing from the Sloan School of Management, and double minors in Spanish and in Applied International Studies.

Melissa has a passion for legal operations worldwide.  Her first foray into law was at the MIT Technology Licensing Office, which merged contract law with patenting inventions to facilitate their commercialization to benefit society.  During her time at the MIT TLO, Melissa performed review of agreements/amendments, interfacing with outside counsel for patent deadlines, and government compliance for federally funded inventions under the Bayh-Dole Act.  Melissa next utilized her contracts experience abroad in the Intellectual Property (IP) Department at Gomez-Acebo y Pombo, a large general practice law firm in Madrid, Spain.  Melissa worked with IP attorneys to ensure accurate translation of legal documents from Spanish to English and created a tiered electronic database of resources related to know-how/trade secret protection, including sample contracts and case law.

Upon her return to the United States, Melissa worked with The Broad Institute, a biotechnology nonprofit founded as a collaboration between MIT and Harvard, where she directed systems and administration of their in-house intellectual property department, streamlined legal billing processes and cost control, spearheaded online marketing initiatives to commercialize Broad technologies, and managed a venture mentoring program for start-up companies to convey these technologies into the world of medicine.

Most recently, Melissa comes from a management role in BigLaw at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where she administered operations and best practices for the IP Practice Group across several offices, including growth to double in size via several mergers and lateral acquisitions during her 10 years with the firm.  Melissa managed all aspects of Practice Group operations, from human resources to finance to standard operating procedures to marketing and client service.  With her technical background, Melissa also supervised and took an active role in several software upgrades and implementations during her time there.

Melissa enjoys managing the business of law and optimizing efficiency for attorneys and staff via improved systems and processes and by hiring and retaining the best people.  She also loves a good project.  At Collins Family Law, Melissa serves as an ambassador to all offices and works closely with the Firm Owner to provide overall direction for all departments and functions.  Her goal is to optimize continued growth and profitability, and importantly, to continue to build the best collaborative culture throughout the firm and with firm clients.

Outside of work, Melissa values spending time with family, including her son and her dog Jenny, and loves getting outdoors to camp, hike, or enjoy the beach.  She also enjoys hot yoga.


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