Melissa Hammer

Senior Associate, Queenstown

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


d: +64 3 450 0733

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

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 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 to join our Queenstown office 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 a member of the Otago District Law Society and Otago Women Lawyers’ Society.