Melissa Payne

Cochran Firm

Melissa Payne

Attorney - Texas

Melissa, a skilled attorney hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, displays expertise in environmental policy and the analysis of environmental law. Currently, at The Cochran Firm, Texas, she plays a pivotal role in supporting our Mass Tort team, ensuring our clients receive the justice they rightly deserve.
Before her tenure at The Cochran Firm, Melissa ran a successful solo practice, primarily specializing in civil litigation. During her leisure hours, she generously volunteers her time judging high school policy debates and collegiate mock trials, mentoring the next generation of legal leaders.  

Why She Cares
Melissa's passion is deeply rooted in her desire to make a positive impact on the world. She wholeheartedly supports environmental causes and actively works to enforce policies and laws that protect our planet. For Melissa, it's all about leaving behind a better world than the one she found. This strong belief led her to pursue a career in law, where she is dedicated to playing her part in ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.


  • Juris Doctorate: Vermont Law School, 2016
  • Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University, 2013

Professional Memberships
  • Cleveland Metro Bar Association.

Awards and Recognition
  • Vermont Law Scholar Award
  • Best Attorney Award – Great Lakes Invitational Tournament
  • National Journal of Speech and Debate – Author
Community Service
  • High School Debate Coach (2016 – 2018)
  • Judge for local high school debate

About Melissa
Outside of her legal pursuits, Melissa enthusiastically rallies behind the Cleveland Browns, all the while in the midst of transitioning into a steadfast Cowboys fan. As a devoted mother, she takes pleasure in mastering the slopes. With over twenty years of experience, Melissa radiates the confidence and skill of a seasoned professional skier, having refined her talents since the tender age of 5.

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