Attorney Profile

Our DC-Metropolitan Based Law Firm Specializes in Employment, Security Clearance, and Retirement Law.

Melissa L. Watkins
  • Education
    Law School
    • Elon University School of Law, J.D., 2017
      • Magna cum laude
        • NC Advocates for Justice Award Recipient
        • Member of The Order of the Barristers
        • Dean’s Fellow
        • Assistant Editor of the Elon Law Review
        • Moot Court Member
    Undergraduate School
    • Wake Forest University, B.A., 2011
      • Magnolia Scholar
      • Zachary T. Smith Leadership Scholar
  • Bar Admissions
    • District of Columbia
  • Federal Agency Practice
    • Federal Labor Relations Authority
    • Merit Systems Protection Board
    • National Labor Relations Board
    • Office of Special Counsel
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Office of the Inspector General

Melissa L. Watkins

Senior Associate

Ms. Watkins’ federal practice focuses on cases before various administrative agencies — including the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – as well as security clearance cases before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility (DoD CAF) and other federal agencies. Ms. Watkins also focuses on various administrative matters involving federal law enforcement officers.

Ms. Watkins works closely with and advises clients on various federal retirement matters, including OPM disability retirement applications; Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Act (FERCCA) corrections; law enforcement, firefighter, and air traffic controller special retirement coverage; court-ordered benefits; and general Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), and CSRS Offset retirement issues.
In addition, Ms. Watkins advises private sector and municipal employees in the District of Columbia in various types of investigations, grievance procedures, disciplinary actions, whistleblower issues, and equal employment opportunity (EEO) matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Watkins worked as an attorney advisor for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the appellate division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, authoring appeals decisions to resolve cases arising from Veterans benefits disputes. During law school, Ms. Watkins worked as a legal intern with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Prisons, providing legal support to DOJ attorneys on a variety of cases involving matters such as correctional law and litigation, civil rights disputes, mental health hearings, and FTCA claims.

Prior to her legal training, Ms. Watkins obtained her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University where she double majored in History and Political Science. While attending Wake Forest, Ms. Watkins also participated as a member of the University’s Equestrian Team. Ms. Watkins is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and before federal agencies nationwide.

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