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Melissa Larsen Newport RI Attorney

Client Testimonials

Melissa is an excellent criminal defense lawyer in Rhode Island. I would highly recommend her if you are charged with refusing a breath test or with DUI. She is very experienced and is one of the top defense lawyers in RI. You should talk to her if you face a DUI charge in Rhode Island.
Michael DelSignore, DUI / DWI Attorney in Attleboro, MA
Melissa is an exceptional attorney. Highly professional, knowledgeable, and I trust her with my life. I was very impressed at her strategic insight in preparing for my case and I highly recommend her for any legal needs. She also cares about her clients and wants to fight for them.
Jill, arbitration client
Attorney Melissa Larsen was recommended to me as a true professional who offered fair and honest legal advice. I found her to be a trustworthy counsel. I highly recommend this attorney.
Terry, criminal law client
Melissa handled the administration of a contentious probate estate with great patience and care. She kept the parties informed and was a consummate professional. I would recommend her for matters related to probate, wills, and administration.
Nick, estate administration client
Attorney Profile
Melissa was born and raised in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Cranston High School East and the University of Rhode Island. In law school, Melissa focused on the study of criminal and constitutional law, as well as trust and estates, family law and torts. Melissa is one of a small number of women attorneys practicing in the area of criminal defense in Rhode Island.

Melissa spent seven years as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island. She successfully handled thousands of criminal cases involving all types of crimes including
child abuse, domestic assault, cybercrime, narcotics offenses, DUI, chemical refusals, white-collar crime, sexual assault, child molestation and homicide. Her experience at trial and pre-trial negotiations is an invaluable asset to her clients.

Additionally, Melissa worked in the Private Clients Group at FleetBoston Financial, now part of Bank of America, developing financial strategies to ensure her clients a sound financial future. Her unique combination of corporate experience and litigation skills are what makes her an effective, invaluable advocate for her clients, able to work with them to address a full spectrum of legal needs in a personal and professional manner.

Melissa obtained her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Criminal Law Bench/Bar Committee, the Newport Bar Association, the Kent County Bar Association, the RIAG Criminal Division Alumni Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Committee on Probate and Trusts.