Melinda Thompson


Melinda L. Thompson is a partner at the firm. She concentrates her practice in the areas of government investigations and criminal defense. Ms. Thompson brings 13 years of litigation experience to her representation of individuals and companies at Todd & Weld.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Thompson was an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for seven years. During that time, she was involved in many homicide investigations and trials. She investigated numerous major felonies, including murder, both at the scene and in grand jury proceedings. She tried dozens of Superior Court cases, including armed robbery, armed assault to murder, rape and murder. In 2007, she was awarded the Thomas F. Reilly Trial Team Award for demonstrating a superior standard of courtroom excellence. In 2006, at the annual prosecutor's conference, she was awarded the Spotlight Award for her prosecution of an embezzlement case that she tried to a conviction, and successfully wrote the brief and argued the case before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. As a prosecutor, Ms. Thompson was committed to prosecuting those responsible for crime while seeking justice for all those involved in the criminal proceedings. She was known as a prosecutor who sought the truth at every stage of the investigation, court hearings and trials.

Prior to becoming an ADA, Ms. Thompson was an associate at the law firm Sally & Fitch LLP.  At Sally & Fitch she represented individual and corporate clients in all areas of business litigation, including contract and real estate disputes, asbestos defense, admiralty and maritime litigation. 

After graduating from law school in 2001, Ms. Thompson served as a law clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  She assisted judges in all phases of both civil and criminal litigation, which included preparing draft decisions, legal memoranda, and proposed jury instructions. 

Ms. Thompson received her BA in history, with a concentration in African American Studies, from Williams College in 1998 and her J.D. from the Maurer School of Law at the University of Indiana - Bloomington.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, 2011 to present
    • Middlesex District Attorney's Office, 2004-2011
    • Sally & Fitch LLP, 2002-2004
    • Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court, 2001-2002
  • Professional Activities
    • Member, Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Reform Working Group (2017)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Women's Bar Association
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Panelist, WBA's "Path to First Chair Litigation: How to Take the Lead in Criminal Litigation," March 5, 2018
    • Panelist, WBA's Women in the Courtroom Committee. Panel Entitled "For Associates Only: A Frank Discussion,"  May 5, 2015
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White Collar, August 2020
    • Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White Collar, August 2019
    • Named to 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense
    • Named to 2019 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense
    • Named to 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense
    • Named to 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense
    • Named to 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense
    • Named to 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
    • Thomas F. Reilly Trial Team Award - presented to a member of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office who demonstrates a superior standard of courtroom excellence by speaking for those with no voices through her trial work
    • Massachusetts District Attorney's Association Spotlight Award - an award that recognizes an Assistant District Attorney who demonstrates excellence, spirit and professionalism in her duties and responsibilities.
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