Melissa is a partner with the firm of Salo & Walker in Atlanta, and practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, charitable planning, fiduciary litigation and estate and gift tax.

Melissa is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., 1985) and Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988).

Prior to founding Salo & Walker in 1995, Melissa practiced with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Long, Aldridge & Norman and Grenwald & Salo in Atlanta.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, a member of the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association (member, Estate Planning and Probate Section), the State Bar of Georgia (Fiduciary Section, Chair, 2004-2005, Chair, Legislation Committee, 1999-2002, Chair, Rule Against Perpetuities Study Committee, 1999-2000), the State Bar of California, the Atlanta Estate Planning Council (member, Board of Directors, 2000-2002, 2010-2012), and the Decatur-DeKalb Estate Planning Council.  Melissa is listed in Whos Who In American Law; Whos Who in America and The Best Lawyers In America. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia.

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1988
  • Yale University, B.A., History, 1985

Admitted

  • State Bars of California and Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th and 11th Circuits

Professional and Community

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • American Bar Association (member, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (member, Estate Planning and Probate Section)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Chair, Fiduciary Section, 2004-2005, Chair, Legislation Committee, 1999-2002, Chair, Rule Against Perpetuities Study Committee, 1999-2000)
  • Fellow,¬†Georgia Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of California (inactive)
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council (member, Board of Directors, 2000-2002, 2010-2012)
  • Decatur-DeKalb Estate Planning Council
  • The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia (Member, Board of Trustees, 2007- )
  • Treasurer, Fulton County Probate Judge Campaign Committee

Contact Melissa
Melissa P. Walker
Phone (404) 264-4555
Fax (404) 264-0098
mpwalker@planning.com

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