Melissa Bayer Tearney


Practice Area: Government, Litigation

    All Star


    “Melissa helps us to manage cases as effectively as possible.”
    “She keeps an eye on our objectives and intrinsically knows how to best support us.”


    Melissa Tearney, co-chair of Choate’s Litigation Department, helps clients ranging from start-ups to global companies – and their high level executives – to successfully navigate the complex and high-stakes challenges of government investigations, internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, and the development and implementation of effective compliance measures and programs. Melissa’s nearly 30 years of experience includes guiding clients through issues with a range of government agencies including DOJ, HHS-OIG, and the SEC, and state attorneys general. The breadth of her subject matter expertise, particularly as it relates to the life sciences industry, includes research integrity issues and grant management compliance.

    Throughout her career, Melissa has established productive working relationships with U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the country, which enable her to bring matters to more efficient conclusions for our clients. And, the insights she shares with clients are based on a thorough understanding of the cross-over between compliance best practices and enforcement processes.

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