PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice

EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2003)
University of Richmond (B.A. 1999)

Melissa Ray

PARTNER

“A child suffering from a birth injury never just gets to be a kid – throughout their life they have to work to find ways to compensate for their injury. I want to give those children a voice.”

Since joining Nichols Zauzig in 2004, Partner Melissa G. Ray has tirelessly given a voice to injured families, adults, and children. She has represented patients not only all over Virginia, but also in Washington. DC, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee. Her record of success has won her respect and gratitude from both clients and the legal community; Super Lawyer Magazine named her a Virginia “Rising Star,” a distinction only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia, in 2008, 2011, and 2012. While Melissa takes great pride in representing each of their clients, she finds it particularly rewarding to work on behalf of children suffering from birth injuries.

“I want to give a voice to those children who otherwise wouldn’t be heard. A child suffering from a birth injury never just gets to be a kid – throughout their life they have to work to find ways to compensate for their injury.” Extending her commitment to children far beyond her legal work, she volunteers every year for National Young Readers Week, an annual event that brings local business leaders into area classrooms to read favorite books to students. Melissa also volunteers at The Reading Connection in Arlington, Virginia, where she reads books to children at a shelter for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

Together with her partner, Melissa has been recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly consistently for million-dollar settlements as well as for some of the largest verdicts in Virginia in medical malpractice.

As a leader in the community, Melissa is actively involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) and has been on the Board of Governors as a Governor at Large for several years. She is invited regularly to speak on topics at VTLA conferences and workshops. In 2018, she chaired the Annual Convention Planning Committee, and has previously chaired the Women’s Caucus and Litigation Support Committee, among other leadership roles.

In 2017, Melissa was invited to join the Boyds-Graves Conference, as part of a select group of attorneys, judges and law professors who consider proposed changes in statutes and rules governing Virginia’s system of civil justice. A few years earlier, she joined the Etheridge Society, a invitation-only group of trial attorneys specializing in handling medical malpractice claims for plaintiffs.

Melissa is also a member of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Prince William Chapter; a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ); and a member of the Prince William County Bar Association.

Melissa received her J.D. in 2003 from George Mason University School of Law. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003 and the District of Columbia bar in 2004. Melissa is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

  • Member at Large, ​​Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, since 2013
    • Chair, Annual Convention Planning Committee​, 2017-18
    • Chair, Women’s Caucus, 2015-16
    • Chair, Litigation Support Committee, 2013-15
  • Member by invitation, Boyd-Graves Conference, since 2017​
  • Member by invitation, The Etheridge Society, since 2014
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Prince William County Bar Association

Community/Charitable

  • Volunteer Guest Reader, National Young Readers Week, Prince William County, VA
  • Volunteer, The Reading Connection, Arlington, VA
  • Super Lawyer®, Virginia, 2013, 2014
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2008, 2011-2012
  • Million Dollar Settlements of the Year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, annually from 2012 – 2016 and 2008 – 2010
  • Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of the Year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, annually from 2015 – 2014 and 2008 – 2010

“I appreciate all the kindness and caring you showed for me. I was in awe watching you and Chuck in action. I would never want to be opposite you guys.”- Former client

“Chuck and Melissa: For the last two and a half years, you and your team have taken the time to listen to us, guide us and helped provide clarity when things made little sense. Our questions were always met with the highest level of professionalism and honesty and you continually kept me informed of any changes with your undivided attention. Thank you for being sensitive to my needs, working alongside my uncle, and for taking the time to understand our family’s cultural variations. I could not have asked for better legal counsel. With gratitude,”  – Former client

“Thank you for all you did to help us reach a successful settlement. Sincere thanks for a job well done.” – Former client

“Ms. Ray, Thank you helping me. Your friend,” –  6-year-old client

Selected Presentations:

Giving a Voice to Families After the Wrongful Death of Their Baby,” Wrongful Death Retreat, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Tides Inn, Irvington, VA, 2018

“Do Justly, Now,” Annual Convention Chair and Welcoming Remarks, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Williamsburg, VA, 2018

“Evidence for the Trial Lawyer: Documents and Exhibits,” The Annual Advocacy Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond and Fairfax, VA, 2010

“16th Annual Paralegal Seminar,” Seminar Co-Chair and Welcoming Remarks, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond, VA, 2008

Melissa Ray

PARTNER

PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice

EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2003)
University of Richmond (B.A. 1999)

Overview

Since joining Nichols Zauzig in 2004, Partner Melissa G. Ray has tirelessly given a voice to injured families, adults, and children. She has represented patients not only all over Virginia, but also in Washington. DC, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee. Her record of success has won her respect and gratitude from both clients and the legal community; Super Lawyer Magazine named her a Virginia “Rising Star,” a distinction only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia, in 2008, 2011, and 2012. While Melissa takes great pride in representing each of their clients, she finds it particularly rewarding to work on behalf of children suffering from birth injuries.

“I want to give a voice to those children who otherwise wouldn’t be heard. A child suffering from a birth injury never just gets to be a kid – throughout their life they have to work to find ways to compensate for their injury.” Extending her commitment to children far beyond her legal work, she volunteers every year for National Young Readers Week, an annual event that brings local business leaders into area classrooms to read favorite books to students. Melissa also volunteers at The Reading Connection in Arlington, Virginia, where she reads books to children at a shelter for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

Together with her partner, Melissa has been recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly consistently for million-dollar settlements as well as for some of the largest verdicts in Virginia in medical malpractice.

As a leader in the community, Melissa is actively involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) and has been on the Board of Governors as a Governor at Large for several years. She is invited regularly to speak on topics at VTLA conferences and workshops. In 2018, she chaired the Annual Convention Planning Committee, and has previously chaired the Women’s Caucus and Litigation Support Committee, among other leadership roles.

In 2017, Melissa was invited to join the Boyds-Graves Conference, as part of a select group of attorneys, judges and law professors who consider proposed changes in statutes and rules governing Virginia’s system of civil justice. A few years earlier, she joined the Etheridge Society, a invitation-only group of trial attorneys specializing in handling medical malpractice claims for plaintiffs.

Melissa is also a member of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Prince William Chapter; a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ); and a member of the Prince William County Bar Association.

Melissa received her J.D. in 2003 from George Mason University School of Law. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003 and the District of Columbia bar in 2004. Melissa is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Leadership

  • ​​Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Chair, Annual Convention Planning Committee​, 2017-18
    • Chair, Women’s Caucus, 2015-16
    • Chair, Litigation Support Committee, 2013-15
  • Member by invitation, Boyd-Graves Conference, since 2017​
  • Member by invitation, The Etheridge Society, since 2014
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Prince William County Bar Association

Community/Charitable

  • Volunteer, The Reading Connection, Arlington, Virginia

Honors

  • Super Lawyer®, Virginia, 2013, 2014
  • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2008, 2011-2012
  • Million Dollar Settlements of the Year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, annually from 2012 – 2016 and 2008 – 2010
  • Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of the Year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, annually from 2015 – 2014 and 2008 – 2010

Speaking & Publications

Selected Presentations:

Giving a Voice to Families After the Wrongful Death of Their Baby,” Wrongful Death Retreat, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Tides Inn, Irvington, VA, 2018

“Do Justly, Now,” Annual Convention Chair and Welcoming Remarks, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Williamsburg, VA, 2018

“Evidence for the Trial Lawyer: Documents and Exhibits,” The Annual Advocacy Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond and Fairfax, VA, 2010

“16th Annual Paralegal Seminar,” Seminar Co-Chair and Welcoming Remarks, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond, VA, 2008

Testimonials

“I appreciate all the kindness and caring you showed for me. I was in awe watching you and Chuck in action. I would never want to be opposite you guys.”- Former client

“Chuck and Melissa: For the last two and a half years, you and your team have taken the time to listen to us, guide us and helped provide clarity when things made little sense. Our questions were always met with the highest level of professionalism and honesty and you continually kept me informed of any changes with your undivided attention. Thank you for being sensitive to my needs, working alongside my uncle, and for taking the time to understand our family’s cultural variations. I could not have asked for better legal counsel. With gratitude,”  – Former client

“Thank you for all you did to help us reach a successful settlement. Sincere thanks for a job well done.” – Former client

“Ms. Ray, Thank you helping me. Your friend,” –  6-year-old client

“A child suffering from a birth injury never just gets to be a kid – throughout their life they have to work to find ways to compensate for their injury. I want to give those children a voice.”