“I believe in fighting for a future where everyone can go to work or school without fear of mistreatment because of who they are. Our clients determination to challenge inequality benefits all of us, and I’m honored to represent them in their pursuit of justice.”
Melissa I. Stein is an associate attorney with Correia & Puth, PLLC and contributes to every aspect of the firm’s litigation docket. Ms. Stein represents individuals facing discrimination at work and school, focusing her practice on discrimination because of sex, race, and disability; retaliation; harassment; and other civil rights protections under state and federal law.
Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. During law school, she worked as a law clerk at an employee-side employment law firm and a disability rights nonprofit organization. She also gained substantial legal experience as a student attorney at the Neighborhood Law Clinic, representing workers and tenants in employment and rental housing litigation. Working in another clinic as a student attorney, she assisted survivors of intimate partner violence and appeared in court on behalf of survivors to obtain restraining orders. Ms. Stein was awarded the Bernard Berk Memorial Award for outstanding commitment to the economically disadvantaged, received the Pro Bono Society Award of Distinction, and attained a summer scholarship in recognition of her dedication to women’s rights. Ms. Stein also served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society. She received the Best Performance Award in Property Law and the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award.
Prior to law school, Ms. Stein worked as a paralegal on behalf of plaintiffs at a Chicago civil rights law firm and volunteered with a widows’ rights organization in Arusha, Tanzania. She graduated cum laude from Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a minor in Nonprofit Administration.
Ms. Stein is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a member of the bar of Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.