Faculty Profiles

Melissa Alexander

Melissa Ballengee Alexander

Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Phone: (615) 460-8263

E-mail:  melissa.alexander@belmont.edu

Prior to joining Belmont, Melissa Alexander was a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation including intellectual property, healthcare, environmental and entertainment law. Professor Alexander has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in business litigation by Mid-South Super Lawyers the last three years.  She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, seven federal district courts, and the State of Tennessee. Professor Alexander served on the Executive Counsel of the Litigation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2007 to 2011.  She has lectured on a variety of topics ranging from Non-Governmental Organizations in Transitional Justice to Evaluating Litigation Claims.

Prior to practicing at Bradley Arant, Professor Alexander clerked for the Honorable John G. Heyburn, II on the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  Professor Alexander graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she represented the school on the National Moot Court team and served as Articles Editor of the Virginia Journal of Sports and the Law.  Before that, Professor Alexander graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with distinction. Professor Alexander's thesis focused on distributive justice in healthcare. Professor Alexander also has published articles on health care and on human rights.

At Belmont, Professor Alexander will teach Pretrial Litigation, Global Healthcare and Human Rights, Biomedical Ethics, and Intellectual Property.


Bajakajian: New Hope for Escaping Excessive Fines Under the Civil False Claims Act
, 27 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 366 (1999)(published as Melissa Ballengee).

The Critical Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Transitional Justice: A Case Study of Guatemala, 4 UCLA J. INT’L L. & FOREIGN AFF., 477 (1999-2000) (published as Melissa Ballengee)


Address, Volunteers Around the World at Vanderbilt University: Global Health and Human Rights in the Dominican Republic (April 11, 2013).

Address & Panelist, Unites States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference: Changes to Expert Disclosures and Discovery Under Rule 26(b)(4) (April 26, 2012).

Address, General Counsel Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Hefty, Wimpy or What? Evaluating Litigation Claims (December 1, 2011).

Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, Political Science Department: Non-Governmental Organizations in Transitional Justice (October 13, 2010).

Address, That’s Entertainment! at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Mid-Year Review: Statutory Damages Under the Copyright Act (August 26, 2010).