Melissa Ho

Shareholder – Polsinelli PC


Melissa Ho’s passion is to provide legal advice that helps to grow and protect businesses. She is a trial attorney with a detailed understanding of government regulations, intellectual property, and international business. A former prosecutor, she is sympathetic to the disruption and chaos a government inquiry and criminal investigation can cause. In defending criminal matters, Melissa successfully defends matters at both state and federal levels. She also makes appearances before state licensing boards, the Arizona Clemency Board, and the Arizona Corporation Commission. Skilled at internal investigations and high-profile matters, Melissa works effectively with the media to form rapid responses to sensitive matters and media inquiries. Her goal in every matter is to ensure that business continues with the least amount of disruption and that each individual gets not only an aggressive defense, but one that is understandable and comfortable for the client.

Areas of Focus

  • Antitrust
  • Compliance (Fraud and Abuse, Stark)
  • Financial and Securities Litigation
  • Government Investigations and Compliance – Civil and Criminal
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • International
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution


  • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2004
  • B.S., Arizona State University, 2001, Biology; with honors
  • B.A., Arizona State University, 2001, Chinese; Phi Delta Phi


  • Named “Local Litigation Future Star – Arizona” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Named “Top Litigator Under 40 – Arizona” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List,” 2016
  • Selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as an “Outstanding Woman in Business,” 2016
  • Listed on Arizona Business Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business,” 2015
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White Collar Crime (Arizona), 2015-2016
  • Included in Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, 2013
  • AJC’s Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award, 2014
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Lawyers Under 40,” 2012
  • North Valley Magazine’s “Top Lawyers – Criminal Defense,” 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2012-2016
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Scholar, 2008-2009
  • Asian Sun News Asian Chamber of Commerce: contributing writer, volunteer, and panelist
  • Certificates in Asian Pacific American Studies and East Asian Studies
  • USPTO Patent Agent #56,103
  • Included in Lawyers of Color “Inaugural Hot List,” 2013


  • City of Phoenix Ethics Review Ad Hoc Task Force, 2012-2013
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, 2007-2010
    • Committee on Women and Minorities in the Law, 2007-2013
    • Board of Governors, Representative District 6, 2011-present
    • Ethics Committee
    • Discipline Oversight Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Securities and Derivative Action Committee
    • Young Lawyers Division, District 4 Representative, 2007-2011
    • State Bar of Arizona Criminal Jury Instructions
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 2007-present
    • Steering Committee (Maricopa Chapter), 2007-2012
  • Arizona Asian American Bar Association, 2004-present
    • President, 2009-2010
    • Vice President, 2008-2009
    • Treasurer, 2006-2008
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • American Bar Association
    • Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, White Collar Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2016
    • Criminal Law Section
    • ABA 2008-2009 Scholar
    • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
      • Mentor
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    •  Young Lawyers Division
  • City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council
    • Commissioner, 2006-2011
  • Through Each Others Eyes, 2007-2009
    • Board Member
  • Arizona State University Center of Study of Race and Democracy
    • Advisory Board, 2012-2015
  • Arizona Justice Project
    • Board Member
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services
    • Guardianship Program, 2012-Present
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