Melanie Kiser has experience investigating and litigating civil antitrust matters in the telecommunications, media, technology, energy, and healthcare industries. Previously a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Melanie played a key role in numerous significant matters. She has developed and presented the government’s second witness in a major merger trial; led third-party discovery, exhibit admissions/objections, and proposed findings of fact in a successful merger litigation; argued evidence admissibility several times in court and before a special master; and negotiated remedies in several matters. She has participated extensively in all phases of merger review and litigation, from taking depositions and negotiating CIDs to drafting recommendations and taking cases to trial. Melanie earned four Awards of Distinction for her work at the DOJ.
In her volunteer work, Melanie leads the Talk Saves Lives education program for the D.C.-area chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line.
Melanie was a law clerk to the Antitrust Section of the Texas Attorney General’s office before joining the DOJ. She received her JD from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review and research assistant to Professor Robert Prentice in the McCombs School of Business. She also holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University.
**Not yet admitted to the Washington, DC Bar.
- US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Award of Distinction (2016 – 2019)
- Texas Law Review New Member of the Year (Volume 91)
- JD, with Honors – The University of Texas School of Law (2013)
- BA, summa cum laude – Arizona State University (2010)