Robin D. Melone
About Robin D. Melone
Robin is an experienced and well-respected criminal attorney, litigator and negotiator. For the nearly twenty years she has represented both defendants and victims through the criminal process. trying hundreds of cases to New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Federal juries ranging from misdemeanors to homicide. She is a member of the U.S. District Court District of NH CJA panel and a DOVE attorney.
In addition to her criminal practice, Robin has represented both reporting and responding parties in Title IX proceedings at colleges, universities and K-12 schools throughout New England. Robin is trained in trauma informed investigation techniques as a civil rights investigator handling in-house investigations for educational institutions and employers faced with responding to allegations of sexual harassment or assault. Robin is active in the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a long-time member and the current present of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Robin was the 2020 Champion of Justice for NHACLD and the 2021 recipient of the NH Women’s Bar Association’s Marilla Ricker Achievement award and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is committed to mentoring in her professional life as a frequent presenter and trainer for her colleagues and in her private life as a coach for Girls on the Run and a community volunteer.
- New Hampshire, 2004
- U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2004
- Massachusetts, 2013
- United States First Circuit Court of Appeals
J.D., Suffolk University Law School
B.A., Mount Holyoke, cum laude
Distinctions and Awards
2021 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award – Awarded annually by the NH Women’s Bar Association to women lawyers to have achieved professional excellence, and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, or advanced opportunities for women in the legal profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.
2021 Fellow of the American Bar Foundation – ABF is the world’s leading nonprofit independent research institute for the interdisciplinary empirical study of law. A global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society, membership is by peer nomination and is limited to 1% of lawyers in their jurisdiction.
2020 Champion of Justice Award – The New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awards the Champion of Justice each year to honor NHACDL members who have demonstrated achievement in the practice of criminal defense and have provided outstanding service to the organization or the community.
Memberships and Affiliations
- President of the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- U.S. District Court of New Hampshire CJA panel
- DOVE attorney