Halling & Cayo, S.C.


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Melissa Papaleo

Phone: (414) 755-5048
Fax: (414) 271-3841
E-mail: [email protected]

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (2008)
  • State Bar of Texas (2015)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2016)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2016)
  • District of Columbia Bar (2018)

Melissa’s practice focuses on civil disputes, business litigation, insurance defense and securities litigation.

Melissa was born and raised in Milwaukee.  After receiving her Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University, she worked for several large equipment manufacturing companies in Wisconsin before pursuing her law degree at Marquette University Law School.   

During law school, Melissa served as a judicial intern to Justice Jon P. Wilcox of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. After receiving her J.D., she began her legal career at a national law firm where she practiced in a wide range of defense litigation and appellate matters.  

Melissa’s legal experience also includes serving as a litigation attorney for the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, one of the largest municipal legal departments in the nation, and as an assistant general counsel for the Government of the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Financial Officer.   


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Juris Doctor (2008)
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1995), Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1995)

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine (2012, 2013, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association member (2008-present)
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Brief Grader (2018, 2019)
  • Dallas Bar Association (2015-2017); Peer Assistance Committee member (2016-2017)
  • American Inns of Court, Thomas E. Fairchild Inn, Associate Member (2009-2013)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee member (2008-2011)
  • Milwaukee Justice Center pro bono volunteer (2009-2015)
  • Institutional Review Board Community member, Medical College of Wisconsin (2009-2012)