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Melissa Cabrera is an Associate in McKool Smith's New York office. Melissa’s practice involves intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. Her practice has included actions in Federal District Court as well as in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).

Prior to joining the firm, she was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul E. Davison of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before clerking, Melissa worked at a litigation boutique where she prosecuted commodity manipulation, securities fraud and antitrust matters on behalf of institutional investors, health insurance companies, and individuals.

Melissa graduated from Cornell Law School in 2013.  At Cornell, Melissa taught constitutional law to inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility through Cornell’s Prison Education Program, served as a Teaching Fellow at Cornell's Industrial & Labor Relations School, and worked as a student attorney in Cornell Law School’s Human Rights Clinic.

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J.D., Cornell Law School, 2013. 

B.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 2008. 


  • Hon. Paul E. Davison, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Bar Associations

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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