Melissa Dewey Brumback Appointed To American Bar Association’s Affiliate Newsletter Committee

July 19, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
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Melissa Dewey Brumback Appointed To American Bar Association’s
Affiliate Newsletter Committee
Ragsdale Liggett PLLC Partner Joins ABA’s Largest Entity As
Assistant Newsletter Editor

RALEIGH, N.C. – Ragsdale Liggett PLLC has announced that Melissa Dewey Brumback, a partner in the firm’s litigation department, has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division leadership team as assistant newsletter editor of The Affiliate. In this position, Brumback will participate in affiliate outreach, bar leadership, member service, professional development and legal education programming. The Affiliate is published six times each year, and provides articles and information of interest to the Young Lawyer’s Division-affiliated state and local young lawyer organizations.

“I am delighted at the opportunity to contribute as assistant newsletter editor to The Affiliate,” said Brumback. “Working and building networks with other young lawyers is critical to ensuring our future is a bright one.”

About Melissa Dewey Brumback:
Melissa Dewey Brumback is a partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, where she practices in the litigation department, concentrating on complex commercial, business and construction litigation. The bulk of Melissa’s practice consists of representing architects and engineers in construction-related claims, including construction administration and management, plan defects, testing failure claims and delay claims. Melissa has represented design professionals in State and Federal courts as well as in binding arbitration, when the parties wish to avoid the formality, time, and expense of a trial. Her practice includes the defense of all sizes of claims, from residential homeowner cases to private commercial construction to multi-prime public construction projects. Melissa also heads the creditor’s rights/collections practice group at Ragsdale-Liggett. Admitted in all State and Federal Courts in North Carolina, Melissa is a member of the American, North Carolina, and Wake County Bar Associations, as well as the 10th Judicial District. She maintains memberships in Wake Women Attorneys, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Defense Research Institute. Melissa was recognized as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2006 40 Under 40, which honors up-and-coming leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the community. Melissa grew up in the Corning/Elmira area of upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Phi Beta Kappa honors and highest distinction in 1994. Desiring a challenging, exciting career that would put her writing and speaking skills to good use, Melissa obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded a Gressman-Pollitt Appellate Advocacy Award. She has studied as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manchester, England School of Law. She currently resides in Chapel Hill with her husband, Stephen.

About Ragsdale Liggett PLLC:
The law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is comprised of lawyers with extensive legal expertise across a broad range of practice areas. Known for their innovations in the arena of corporate law, Ragsdale Liggett lawyers are equipped to handle all of a business' legal needs, including formation, day-to-day business counseling, acquisition, disposition, merger and dissolution of companies ranging in size from small local businesses to national financial institutions and large international insurance conglomerates. The diverse real estate practice group at Ragsdale Liggett handles a wide variety of real estate transactions, from residential purchases and sales to all aspects of commercial real estate development, including entity formation, final project completion, complex public and private bond financing transactions, and the privatization of university student housing. Since its formation in 1972, the firm has developed an extraordinary reputation in the area of civil litigation and has enjoyed significant courtroom successes ranging from local state courts to the United States Supreme Court in areas with far-reaching implications, such as insurance/reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex construction disputes. For more information please call (919) 787-5200 or view the firm's Web site at

Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.