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Legal and Writing Skills in all Stages of Litigation


Providing Documents to Attorneys with Differing Styles of Practice


Discovering Solutions by Utilizing Focused Research Results


Representing People with Various Complex Problems



2007-Present                            Melissa R. Lipchak, Attorney at Law                           Reynoldsburg, OH  Solo Practitioner

  • Represent clients with respect to multiple legal issues including personal injury, insurance bad faith claims, contracts, and probate

  • Reviewed all South Carolina case law citations for accuracy for Daniel R. Denton, The Law of Slip & Fall in South Carolina (2014)

  • Assisted in drafting a contract for the publication of a mathematics textbook

2013-2018                                Melissa R. Lipchak, Attorney at Law                            Reynoldsburg, OH  Consultant for QuaeroLex Desktop Organizer

  • Collaborated with the developer of an application designed to organize and analyze legal research

  • Assisted with website development and marketing of the application 

  • Performed alpha and beta testing of the program

2007-2013                                Butler, Cincione & DiCuccio                                              Columbus, OH  Independent Contractor

  • Performed legal research on various issues including state sales tax, commercial leases, veteran's benefits, spin-off of a business, political subdivision immunity, receivership, legal malpractice, zoning, restrictive covenant in an employment agreement, residential and commercial foreclosures, NCAA rules, estates, HIPAA, vendee's lien, and defamation

  • Drafted Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption policies for a business with global operations

  • Drafted documents for a sale of assets of a business

  • Assisted in drafting proposed legislation

  • Assisted in cases involving commercial leases and a declaratory judgment involving a legislative enactment

2003-2007                               Law Office of Stanley B. Dritz                                             Columbus, OH  Associate Attorney

  • Represented clients primarily in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice and developed procedures for tracking cases

1990-2003                               Butler, Cincione, DiCuccio, Dritz & Barnhart                  Columbus, OH  Law Clerk, Independent Contractor, and Associate Attorney

  • Primarily responsible for briefing at all court levels

  • Focused on medical malpractice cases in Ohio and West Virginia (Pro Hac Vice)


1988-1991                                  The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law           Columbus, OH

Juris Doctor, Graduated with Honors

1984-1988                                  Washington & Jefferson College                                       Washington, PA

Bachelor of Arts in English, Graduated cum laude, member Phi Beta Kappa



  • "When is a Direct Suit against the Tortfeasor for the Recovery of Medical Payments by the Insured Appropriate?" Ohio Trial Apr. 2011: 14-17

  • "Declaratory Judgment and Injury Cases:  Jury Trial or Not?" Ohio Trial Aug. 2010: 14-17

  • "UM/UIM Insurance Subrogation:  Defeating Consent to Settle Claims, Setoff and Other Arguments." Ohio Trial Dec. 2009: 8-13

  • "Piercing the Corporate Veil after Dombroski:  Fraud, Illegality and Unlawfulness." Ohio Trial Aug. 2009: 13-16

  • "Intervention, Collateral Estoppel and Final Appealable Orders - Changes after Gehm and Filippi." Ohio Trial Apr. 2007: 17-20

  • "McMullen v. OSUH:  Due Process and Collateral Benefit Setoffs." Ohio Trial Fall 2003: 53-55


  • Ohio Association for Justice

  • Ohio State Bar Association

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