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

At Belmont, Professor Alexander teaches Pretrial Litigation, Global Health and Human Rights, Biomedical Ethics, and Intellectual Property. She is a member of the Editorial board of Global Bioethics.

Prior to joining Belmont, Professor Alexander was a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where she focused on litigation involving intellectual property, healthcare, and entertainment law.  Professor Alexander has received the “AV Preeminent” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Mid-South Super Lawyers.  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 is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and served on the Executive Counsel of the Litigation Section of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2007 to 2011.

Prior to practicing at Bradley Arant, Professor Alexander clerked for the Honorable John G. Heyburn, II on the United States 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.


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)

Denying the Dyad:  How Criminalizing Pregnant Drug Use Harms the Baby, Taxpayers and Vulnerable Women (under review)


Reigning in Trolls or Ruining Assets?  The Impact of Alice,” Nashville, TN, January 20 and 22, 2015

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).