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Polsinelli Attorney Receives Emerging Leadership Award

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, is among three outstanding legal professionals who will be honored at the Judge Learned Hand Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Melissa will be recognized for her exceptional professional achievements and profound dedication to civic and
philanthropic causes and organizations.

“Once again, we are blessed to be able to honor three of Arizona’s finest lawyers and most worthy citizens. Matthew Feeney, Paul Bender, and Melissa Ho embody the very best in our legal community. Their professional and personal contributions help advance a more just society and their philanthropic efforts help shape a world in which human rights and human dignity are protected for all peoples.” said Timothy J. Eckstein, co-chair of the AJC’s Judge Learned Hand Awards luncheon.

Established in 1964, the Judge Learned Hand award program recognizes those who have contributed meaningfully to the legal community and whose work reflects the integrity and broad humanitarian ideals exemplified by Judge Hand. The honorees are selected by an independent committee of prominent judges, law professors and practitioners.

Ho will be honored with the AJC’s Emerging Leadership Award, which is a tribute to an attorney practicing 12 years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public or community service. A tireless volunteer, Ho dedicates her time to the State Bar of Arizona serving on six different committees over the past several years. At present, she is the youngest member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Ho is a former past president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and has served on numerous boards and commissions for the City of Phoenix. She regularly volunteers her time on domestic violence, guardianship and immigration matters, helping vulnerable individuals and families.

Ho is a past recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Best Lawyers Under 40”, an honor bestowed on only a select few attorneys in the United States. In 2013, she was chosen by the Phoenix Business Journal as a recipient of its “Forty Under 40” award honoring the best and brightest leaders in the Phoenix metro area. Ho has also been named to the “Lawyers of Color Hot List” and most recently was selected by AZ Business Magazine as a “Generation Next Forty Under Forty.” Southwest Super Lawyers named her as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2013 in the category of Criminal Defense – White Collar.

Ho practices law in the areas of government investigations and white collar criminal defense. She is Past President of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and an active member on numerous Arizona State Bar Association committees. She earned her B.A. with honors and a B.S. from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.


Melissa Ho Named to Lawyers of Color Hot List

Melissa Ho, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the national law firm Polsinelli, is among 100 exceptional minority attorneys under the age of forty named to the Western Regional “Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List”. The honorees represent some of the most promising and accomplished minority legal talent in the western United States.

“It is an honor to be included among the first minority attorneys to be awarded with this
distinction,” said Melissa Ho. “It is particularly meaningful to see so many accomplished and talented lawyers being recognized in this way.”

Lawyers of Color Hot List honorees were chosen using a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations from mentors, peers and colleagues and performing preliminary research of bar publications and legal blogs in order to identify the most promising candidates. Editorial picks were made based on noteworthy accomplishments and achievement in legal initiatives.

Among Melissa’s many accomplishments is her recent selection for the distinction of “Best
Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, an honor bestowed on only a select few attorneys in the United States.


Polsinelli Shughart Attorney Recognized as Best Under 40

Polsinelli Shughart  Shareholder Melissa Ho was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as a “Best Under 40.” The NAPABA recognized Ho at its national convention in Washington, D.C., on November 16. Ho practices in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice in its Phoenix office.

“It is tremendous honor to be professionally recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the work I have accomplished as an attorney,” Ho said. “I am humbled to be recognized among judges, law partners and other practitioners who have contributed to the legal profession.”

The NAPABA celebrates how far Asian Pacific Americans have progressed in their quest for advancement and how Asian Pacific American attorneys have contributed to, and embodied, that progress. Where once their efforts revolved around ensuring basic civil rights, they now have evolved to include succeeding at the highest levels in business, law and politics.

Ho advises her clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-indictment, post-indictment and appellate review. Her areas of practice include government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. She brings experience representing and advising individuals and corporations who are the target of complex governmental and regulatory investigations, as well as handling parallel civil litigation matters, administrative law proceedings and professional licensing board matters.

Ho earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and B.S., with honors, and B.A. from Arizona State University. She holds leadership positions in a wide variety of legal and civic organizations at all levels, including city, county and state levels. Additionally, Ms. Ho is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former felony crimes prosecutor and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. She is involved with Mackrell International, for clients with international matters, and has access to and relationships with law firms all over the world.

With more than 600 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm and recognized leader in the areas of health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, the firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through its legal services – with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.