Melissa Gomez Nelson is a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and the White Collar and Government Investigations practice. She focuses on representing clients in white collar criminal matters and government investigations, with an emphasis on anti-money laundering, cryptocurrency & block chain and fraud criminal matters. Melissa has extensive experience conducting internal investigations, and defending clients in criminal matters from initial grand jury investigations, through sentencing hearings. She has experience representing public and private entities as well as corporate witnesses and individuals in both federal and state criminal matters.
Melissa has represented clients in a variety of industries including energy, finance, oil and natural gas, food and drug, banking, retail, government contracts, tourism, freight forwarding and logistics, and others. Her white collar experience includes representing clients in federal and state matters involving allegations of conspiracy, FCPA, ITAR, OFAC, EAR, obstruction of justice, environmental crimes, accounting fraud, government contractor fraud and food safety investigations. Melissa also speaks and writes regularly on white collar related topics.
As a fluent Spanish speaker, Melissa has conducted internal investigations that include interviewing employees and agents, and reviewing records in Spanish. Her Spanish language services include representing Spanish-speaking clients in various criminal actions and civil class action litigations.
Melissa graduated cum laude from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. While in law school, she served as judicial intern to Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.