Melissa Iyer Julian
Melissa Iyer Julian has been practicing with Burch Cracchiolo since 2006. Melissa s practice focuses on complex business litigation matters and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, stock or membership purchases, asset purchases, and commercial lease negotiations. She has represented numerous businesses, including trucking companies, and trucking brokerage companies in connection with contract disputes, personal injury litigation, employment litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and other corporate matters.
Melissa also maintains an active civil appellate practice and has argued several times in both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also serves as a mediator on a variety of commercial disputes and in 2015 alone, she successfully settled cases involving professional malpractice, commercial lease disputes, and deficiency liability.
AZ Big Media: 20 Most Influential Millennials working in Arizona, 2017
Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2017
Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2014
Successfully represented trucking company in employee disputes, coverage disputes with company s insurer, and analyzing and responding to concerns regarding regulatory compliance with Department of Transportation regulations
Successfully mediated various private disputes on a wide variety of issues including legal malpractice, guarantor liability, and commercial lease disputes.
Successfully obtained a 1.1 million dollar verdict for a commercial diving company against its insurance agent for professional malpractice and breach of contract to procure insurance.
Defended multi-million dollar case involving a Ponzi scheme and alleged third-party liability for professional negligence and aiding and abetting.
Prosecuted claims involving multi-million dollar losses on behalf of receivership, arising out of Ponzi scheme and third-party aiding and abetting liability.
Assisted B C team in editing and drafting Membership Interest Purchase Agreement and accompanying disclosure schedules along with due diligence review for transaction valued at over $200 million dollars
Acted as lead counsel in complex restructuring and recapitalization transaction affecting partner compensation, ownership, and management of a professional corporation (law firm);
Negotiated and drafted complex commercial retail lease agreements and other business contracts including subcontractor agreements, vendor agreements, employment agreements, and commercial real estate loans.
Judge Pro Tem. Maricopa County Superior Court
Executive board member, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum 2012-2016
Speaker/Panelist, Work Life Integration Plan, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum, November 2012
Maricopa County Bar Association
Arizona Women Lawyer s Association
Young Lawyers Division of Arizona Bar Association
Presentations and Publications
“Avoiding the Pitfalls of Doing Business with Tribal Governments and Entities”, Primerus Paradigm magazine, Fall 2012 issue, co-authored with Todd Julian
“Don t Go to Hell: The Ten Commandments of Business Litigation and Why Following Them Will Keep You Out of Court”, e-book chapter Execsense, October 2012
“Misconduct: Are You Your Employee s Keeper?” by Melissa Iyer Julian
Speaker, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum, “Mastering the Art of Negotiation: The Power of Personal Contacts,” October 2015
District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) (as amicus curiae)
Horne v. Flores, 129 S. Ct. 2579 (2009)
Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. 133 S. Ct. 2247, 186 L. Ed. 2d 239 (2013)
Flores v. Huppenthal, 789 F.3d 994 (9th Cir. 2015)
Beltran v. Harrah s Arizona Corp. 220 Ariz. 29, 202 P.3d 494 (Ct. App. 2008)
In re Estate of Zilles, 219 Ariz. 527, 200 P.3d 1024 (Ct. App. 2008)
Dooley v. O Brien, 226 Ariz. 149, 244 P.3d 586 (Ct. App. 2010)
Smith v. Pinnamaneni, 227 Ariz. 170, 254 P.3d 409 (Ct. App. 2011)
TGen Official Ambassador
Arizona Bar Foundation, Next Generation Founding Fellow
Camelback High School, Toastmasters Program
Member, Amicus Committee, State Bar of Arizona
Member, Editorial Board, Arizona Attorney magazine, 2015
Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum
Volunteer attorney Arizona Domestic Violence Assistance Program
Board member, Beatitudes Agelink, December 2010-October 2012