Melanie Stratton Lopez came to CDM after five years with the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, where she handled appellate litigation and regulatory matters, as well as serving as a trial attorney in Atlanta litigating wage and hour cases, whistleblower cases, and dozens of Occupational Safety and Health Act cases including heat stress cases, willful fatalities, and cases related to construction accidents. Melanie also worked for over a year at an international law firm where she provided compliance advice regarding complex safety and health matters. Before law school, Melanie worked for a farmworker advocacy organization and an immigrant women’s organization where she worked on U and T visa applications. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2014 and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. She is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Washington. Melanie is from Texas with deep roots in the Rio Grande Valley, but grew up in North Carolina. Melanie is passionate about expanding workers’ access to occupational safety and health education and legal resources.