As a Partner, Melissa J. Perignat specializes in and handles all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and disputes, representing property owners, developers, corporations, large and small business owners, and borrowers in connection with property acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development, entitlements, land use matters, and finance. She also has an extensive eminent domain practice, representing primarily property owners, in the negotiation, settlement, and trial of condemnation matters. An avid cross-fitter and runner, Melissa is dedicated to understanding her clients’ business needs and goals and providing strong and professional representation and advice.
Specialties: commercial real estate, eminent domain law, landlord-tenant law, commercial leasing, contract disputes, zoning and land use
Girls on the Run, Board of Directors 2011 CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Member and Membership Committee 2011 Leadership Cobb Class of 2008 Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Georgia Bar Association, Member of Trial Practice and Eminent Domain Sections Atlanta Bar Association Cobb County Bar Association Center for Family Resources, Oscar Night America 2011 Committee Member Cobb County ACES Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2007
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia J.D., with honors – May 2004, Order of the Coif Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal
- Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia M.A., in Urban and Regional Planning – June 2001 B.A., summa cum laude, in Public and Urban Affairs – May 2000 B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science – May 2000
- Georgia – 2004
- Comment, Acquisition-Value Taxation: Is It Fair? Is It Constitutional? Is It Good Policy?, Emory Law Journal, 53 E.L.J. 2 (2004).
- Third Author, Paper, Twenty Years of Sliding-Scale Zoning in Clark County: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, presented at the 2001 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 43rd Annual Conference (2001).