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Melanie N. Derefinko
Associate, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Melanie Derefinko is a litigator in the firm’s New Orleans office, who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation involving disputes between businesses. Melanie’s representative matters have included intellectual property disputes, contract disputes between businesses, and collection matters.

Before joining Liskow & Lewis, Melanie was a judicial intern for the Honorable J. Sterling Snowdy of the Fortieth Judicial District Court, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Fredericka Wicker of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.



  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, Young Lawyers Division Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association


  • Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association, Board Member
  • Law Excellence Award received in Lawyering II, Successions, Sales and Leases, Donations and Trusts, Community Property, and Courts in a Federal System
  • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient

After Hours

"When I’m not at work, you’ll find me running, trying out new restaurants in New Orleans, and reading a good book at the pool or on the grass in City Park. I also enjoy watching LSU football and Pelicans basketball."