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Righi Fitch Law Group
2111 E Highland Ste B440
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Melissa Lin has earned the AV® Preeminent TM* Peer Review Rating and has been practicing since 2005. She is licensed in Arizona and California. Her practice includes the representation of individuals, contractors, businesses, and governmental entities in tort and contract litigation, primarily in the areas of construction defects, general liability, personal injury, premises liability, and product liability. Ms. Lin was honored as a 2012 through 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star. She was also selected as one of the top Phoenix attorneys in the October/November 2013 issue of North Valley Magazine. She is the 2015 DRI Diversity Seminar Vice Chair and Expo Chair, the 2014 DRI Diversity Expo Co-Chair, the 2015 DRI Construction Law membership Chair, and the Local Marketing Chair for the 2014 DRI Women in the Law Seminar. She has been a board member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) Litigation Section, the MCBA Construction Law Section, and the Arizona State Bar Young Lawyer’s Division.
Ms. Lin has successfully defended, mediated, and settled numerous construction defect cases for general contractors and developers involving multiple homeowners and homeowners’ associations. She successfully prevailed on a defense motion for summary judgment on a breach of implied warranty claim through appeal, motion for reconsideration, and motion for new trial where Plaintiff alleged damages over a million dollars. The ruling on motion for partial summary judgment limited Plaintiff’s damages to approximately $50,000, and led parties to ultimately settle.
She was second chair for the defense of a multi-week seven day construction defect trial where Plaintiff was requesting just under a million dollars in damages, and the defense asserted a cost of repair of just under $200,000. The jury found for the defense on common law fraud, consumer fraud, and negligent misrepresentation claims, and only awarded Plaintiff damages on warranty claims in the amount of $230,000. As a result of defense work on fee-shifting, Plaintiff agreed to walk away from the trial judgment with each party bearing their own fees and costs.
Ms. Lin is extremely active and dedicated to the local and legal communities. She was elected, re-elected, and served as a 2008-2011 Arizona State Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) District 4 Representative, the 2011-2012 YLD Secretary, and the 2012-2013 YLD Treasurer. She has been involved with the YLD Maricopa Holiday Party Committee for foster children since 2008, and was the 2009 and 2010 Chair. She served as the 2011-2012 chair, 2009-2010 vice-chair and 2008-2011 board member of the MCBA Construction Law Section. She was a 2011-2013 board member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA). She was the 2010-2011 president, 2009-2010 vice president of membership, and 2008-2009 secretary and board member of the Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) of the Phoenix Art Museum. She has been involved with the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC) since 2007 and was the 2009-2011 vice president and board member of AADC YLD. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and was involved with the planning and marketing committee for the 2010 and 2012 DRI Women's Sharing Success Seminar. She is a member of the Arizona Women's Law Association (AWLA). She was also a 2009-2012 member of the Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court.
She was the December 2011 Phoenix Art Museum Volunteer of the month. She received the 2006 Pro Bono Service Award from Community Legal Services in Mohave County.
Righi Fitch Law Group is a law firm that is dedicated to meeting all of our clients' needs. We are small enough to maintain personal relationships with our clients and offer cost-effective representation. Yet we have the staff and resources to handle complex construction, insurance defense, business and injury cases.
Client satisfaction is paramount at our firm. To ensure client satisfaction we have embodied four foundational principles in our practice:
•Innovate: We find creative solutions for our clients. Recognizing the business market is undergoing seismic changes while the law is slow to change, we find innovative solutions that bridge this ever-widening gap. We utilize advanced case management, database, document control, and communication technologies that enhance our effectiveness and cost-efficiency.
•Involve: We keep our clients informed so that they can make the important decisions. Historically, the attorney's role has been that of the trusted counselor who made the important tactical decisions. However, as our clients become ever more sophisticated, they are also more proactive and view the attorney's role as an advisor and advocate. Although clients want counsel about important decisions, they ultimately make the decisions themselves. This empowers the client to evaluate and manage risk.
•Simplify: We make complex legal issues understandable for our clients. Despite the sophistication of our clients, commercial law and litigation, construction law and insurance matters can be mind-boggling. We take the time to explain the process in understandable terms.
•Resolve: We bring about closure quickly and efficiently. Complex litigation is renowned for being protracted and expensive. We recognize this is rarely in the best interest of our clients. We do everything possible to position our clients for success at trial while striving toward an early and favorable resolution.
Righi Fitch Law Group takes great pride in its diversity. We create value for our clients by combining the talents of experienced lawyers of different backgrounds, experience, genders and ethnicity. We live in a global environment and our law firm reflects that diversity. Our firm takes a team approach and staffs each case with a small but highly focused group of attorneys and paraprofessionals. As a result, our clients are represented by a diverse, premier team dedicated to achieving the client's objectives.
For effective representation in construction defect defense, insurance coverage and defense, commercial litigation and personal injury claims, contact Righi Fitch Law Group in Phoenix, Arizona. Call 602-903-4547 to arrange a free initial consultation.
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