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Melina Bales

Attorney at Jones Day

Melina Bales is a managing associate in Sidley Austin LLP’s Dallas office, practicing in the Commercial Litigation and Disputes group. Her practice has historically focused on assisting debtors and creditors through complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Bales has since transitioned her practice to focus on a broader scope of complex commercial litigation that includes representing national and international business clients through sophisticated high-stakes litigation, both in state and federal courts. She earned her J.D. degree at Baylor University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Bales clerked with U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Manske for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She was also an intern for American Gateways, an organization developed to help refugees fleeing war in Central America. Lastly, Ms. Bales participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Moot Court Competition where her team placed second for Advocacy and finished first place for Best Brief. She is admitted in Texas and U.S. District Court, North District of Texas.

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