Mediator's Profile


Melissa Maravich

Business Name: Miles Mediation and Arbitration

Melissa Maravich is a partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson in Memphis where she has a diverse litigation practice, and has appeared before state, federal, and appellate courts in numerous jurisdictions. Her practice primarily focuses on:

  • Commercial & business litigation
  • Insurance defense and coverage
  • Catastrophic claims
  • Transportation cases

Prior to her defense work, Melissa had an active plaintiff’s practice focusing on:

  • Civil rights litigation against municipalities
  • Employment discrimination
  • Wrongful death actions
  • Products liability

Melissa has been a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator since 2002 and served as a voluntary mediator for Shelby County Criminal Court Pretrial Services for several years. Melissa recently joined Miles Mediation & Arbitration as a Neutral working from Miles Nashville office.

She regularly speaks at seminars regarding trial practice and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Melissa is a Memphis Bar Foundation Fellow and has served on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. of Memphis, the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South, and the Community Legal Center. Ms. Maravich served as Chair of the Fee Dispute Committee of the Memphis Bar Association for several years.


  • University of Memphis, J.D., 1989
  • Middle Tennessee University, B.S., 1979


  • Certified Rule 31 Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee, 1989

Membership & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators since May of 2017
  • Mid-South Community Justice & Mediation Center, Inc. – Pro-Bono Mediator

Licenses & Certifications

  • Certified Rule 31 Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2002

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