Melissa Hammer

Partner, Tāhuna | Queenstown

LL.B (First Class Honours), B.A, University of Otago


d: +64 3 450 0733

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Melissa is a Partner in our Litigation Team. She is a specialist dispute resolution lawyer with broad expertise having worked as both a civil litigator and Crown prosecutor. Melissa has extensive experience acting in civil disputes, including experience in insurance and professional indemnity claims, insolvency matters, contractual, property and equity related disputes as well as criminal and regulatory prosecutions.

Melissa is an experienced advocate in the Court room having represented the Crown as junior and lead counsel prosecuting serious crime in the District Court and High Court, as well as appearing in the Court of Appeal for both criminal and civil appeals.

Melissa is recognised for her expertise in dispute resolution including recently being selected for the NZ Lawyer Rising Stars 2021 list.

Melissa worked as a Summer Clerk in our Dunedin office over the 2008/2009 summer. She graduated from the University of Otago in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in History) and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2011. In 2016 Melissa was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship where she spent time in London working alongside barristers and the judiciary.

Melissa returned to Anderson Lloyd as a Senior Associate in April 2019. Prior to joining Anderson Lloyd, Melissa commenced her career as a Judges’ Clerk in the Wellington High Court. She has also spent time working as a Crown Prosecutor and an Associate in two leading litigation practices in Auckland.

Melissa is on the committee for the Otago Women Lawyers’ Society.