Prior to attending law school, Melanie L. Ben witnessed how a good attorney can help in the first steps of putting a plaintiff’s life back together again by fighting to right the wrongs. To that end, Melanie received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2017 after she earned a degree in Economics from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Public Policy from Arizona State University. While a law student, her many accomplishments included serving as a citation editor for the Natural Resources Journal, as a member of the highly competitive Environmental Moot Court team and completing an externship at the New Mexico Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Daniels. She also earned clinic honors while representing Native American clients in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic and served as a Udall Congressional Intern through the Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship Program, where she gained valuable experience in the federal legislative process of the relationship between the Tribes and the federal government.
Melanie practices in New Mexico’s state, federal, and tribal courts and takes cases in the areas of insurance bad faith, construction defects and commercial disputes, consumer protection and personal injury. She is a member of the New Mexico State Bar Association, the Navajo Nation Bar Association, and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. Melanie is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Law.