Melissa L. Waite, Partner

Melissa Waite is a partner with Jolley Urga Woodbury & Little. Ms. Waite has earned the distinguished AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and specializes in licensing, business transactions and real estate transactions.

Ms. Waite’s legal expertise extends to business and privilege licensing, including those clients from the liquor, gaming, auto dealership, and transportation industries. Most recently, she has become involved with the privilege licensing efforts of medical marijuana establishments in Nevada. In addition to her Juris Doctor degree, Ms. Waite’s Masters of Business Administration degree uniquely positions her to counsel clients on, not only the legal requirements of starting a business, but the intricacies required for running a successful enterprise.

Practice Areas:

  • Business Formation and Transactions
  • Gaming
  • Administrative and Licensing
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation


  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2007)
    • Contributor, Nevada Law Journal
    • Member, Academic Standards Committee
    • Recipient, CALI Award for highest grade in course: Bankruptcy II
    • Extern, Judge Cheryl B. Moss, Family Court Division
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Business (Masters of Business Administration, cum laude, 2007)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with minor in Economics, magna cum laude, 2003)

Martindale Hubbell Rating:

  • AV Preeminent®

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Southern Nevada’s Top Attorneys in Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite (2014)
  • Desert Companion’s Top Lawyers (2014)
  • Recognized in Boyd Briefs Alumni Spotlight (2015)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of Nevada, Former Secretary of Administrative Law Section
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Alumni Leadership Circle, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
  • Member, Dean’s Council, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Court Admissions:

  • Nevada

Civic Activities:

  • Volunteer, The Shade Tree organization assisting women with job development.

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