Melissa L. Waite

Melissa is a Member in the firm’s Real Estate Department and practices in the areas of privilege licensing, business transactions and real estate transactions. She assists with licensing and regulatory compliance for businesses with liquor, marijuana, gaming and other privilege licenses. Melissa advises clients on emerging legal issues related to marijuana businesses and counsels marijuana establishments and ancillary marijuana businesses as to the nuances of Nevada law.

In addition to her Juris Doctor degree, Melissa's Masters of Business Administration degree uniquely positions her to counsel clients on, not only the legal requirements of starting a business, but the intricacies required for running a successful enterprise.

Education & Credentials


University of Nevada, Las Vegas

B.A., Psychology with minor in Economics, 2003
  • magna cum laude

University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Business

M.B.A., 2007
  • cum laude

University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law

J.D., 2007
  • cum laude
  • Contributor, Nevada Law Journal
  • Member, Academic Standards Committe
  • Recipient, CALI Award for highest grade in course: Bankruptcy II
  • Extern, Judge Cheryl B. Moss, Family Court Division

Bar Admission

  • Nevada


  • Martindale Hubbell Rating AV Preeminent®
  • Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite Southern Nevada’s Top Attorneys (2018)
  • Recognized in Boyd Briefs Alumni Spotlight (2015)
  • Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite Best Up & Coming Attorneys (2014)
  • Desert Companion’s Top Lawyers (2014)

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • The State Bar of Nevada
  • The State Bar of Nevada, Former Secretary of Administrative Law Section
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Member, Alumni Leadership Circle, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
  • Member, Dean’s Council, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Court Admission

  • Clark County District Court
  • Nevada Supreme Court


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