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Melissa Spence Named "Forty under 40" Honoree

Charleston Attorney recognized for Community Leadership

Charleston Regional Business Journal

March 4, 2020

Nexsen Pruet's Melissa Spence, a member in the firm's Charleston office, has been selected for the Charleston Regional Business Journal's "Forty under 40." The annual awards honor an elite group who have excelled in the professional arena and in community involvement. 

"Melissa is a leader dedicated to professional and community excellence," says Paul A. Dominick, Charleston Office Managing Partner. "She is committed to providing the best legal service possible and is passionately involved in local non-profits and organizations. We are thrilled she is being recognized for her hard work in and out of the office and look forward to watching her continue to positively impact the Charleston community."

Melissa focuses her practice at Nexsen Pruet on employment law, where she represents a wide variety of clients in both state and federal courts. She works closely with young professionals as head of the summer law clerk program in her office as has previously taught as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law. As an active contributor in her field, Melissa regularly speaks and writes on developing employment issues and has been named a South Carolina Super Lawyers 'Rising Star' each year since 2016.

Melissa has served as a board member for six years and as Vice President for two years of the Florence Crittenton Programs of SC, which provides housing, medical care, education and more to pregnant, parenting and at-risk young women. In 2018, Melissa was named a Pro Bono Champion by Nexsen Pruet for her efforts in representing an indigent criminal client. She is also a member and volunteer with St. Andrews Park Circle Church and recently graduated from Charleston Chamber's Leadership Charleston class.

From Charleston Regional Business Journal:

The annual awards recognize the success and community involvement of 40 professionals under age 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors.

Nominations are submitted by individuals, businesses, organizations and colleagues. Judges independently score the nominations, and 40 emerge from the pool of candidates for the final list of honorees. 

To read more from Charleston Regional Business Journal, click here.


Nexsen Pruet is an Am Law 200 Firm with more than 200 professionals in eight office providing regional capabilities with international strengths. 

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