Melissa Cattini


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Office: Winnipeg

Main: (204) 957-4481

Fax: (204) 957-2090

Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (2015)
  • JD (Manitoba, 2014)
  • BA with honours (Winnipeg, 2010)

Melissa practises in the area of corporate and commercial transactions and general business law.

Melissa has experience in preparing and reviewing agreements and contracts; the purchase and sale of businesses, including share purchase transactions and asset purchase transactions; mergers and acquisitions; shareholder agreements; general corporate governance; incorporation; and corporate organization.

Melissa also has experience advising businesses in connection with loyalty and reward programs and related consumer protection issues, franchise disclosure documents and franchisor obligations, as well as compliance and other regulatory matters.

  • Negotiation seminar leader, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
  • Guest lecturer, instructor and volunteer judge, Advanced Criminal Law course in the area of factum drafting, preparation for argument, moot court and oral advocacy, Criminal Justice (Honours) Program, University of Winnipeg (2012-2016)
  • Executive vice-president, Manitoba Law Students Association (2013-2014)
  • Community outreach chair, Manitoba Law Students Association (2012-2013)
  • Member, Pro Bono Students Canada, Robson Hall Chapter (2011-2013)
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Author, “Accessing Diversion from Custody: Retention and Classification in a Drug Treatment Court,” The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research – Volume 7 (2018)
  • Co-presenter with Pamela Hilderman, “Restrictive Covenants in a Corporate Transaction and Employment Context: An Overview and Discussion of Emerging Developments,” MBA Presentation for CCCA Section (February 6, 2018)
  • Co-author with R. Reis Pagtakhan “Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers: The McDonald’s Case Study (Portillo v Canada)” (October 22, 2014)
  • Impact Evaluation of the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court (and SASSI-III) with Dr. M. Weinrath, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 2010)
  • Impact Evaluation of the Spotlight At-Risk Youth Program with Dr. M. Weinrath, G. Donatelli and M. Murchison, for Manitoba Corrections (Winnipeg, 2009)
  • Presenter, “Due Process as a Disclaimer: A Critical Discussion of Drug Treatment Courts in Canada,” Practising Justice Conference, University of Winnipeg, (May 13-15, 2010)
  • Co-presenter with R. Reis Pagtakhan, “Boxing with Kid Gloves: Why Temporary Foreign Workers Must Be Treated Differently than Canadian Employees” HRMAM Connect (HR and Leadership) Conference (October 30, 2014)
  • Co-author with Todd W. Thomson and Bradley D. G. Zander, “Significant Amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Exemptions Announced” (March 19, 2015)
  • Co-author with Todd W. Thomson and Bradley D. G. Zander “The Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program in Manitoba – Are you Eligible?” (April 28, 2015)
  • A. Montague Israels, Q.C. Prize Winner (2015)
  • Honourable Archibald S. Dewar Prize for Advocacy (2014)
  • McIntyre Cup Western Regional Moot Trial Competition Finalist (2014)
  • First place, Solomon Greenberg Trial Advocacy Competition (2013)
  • Finalist, American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition (2013)
  • Second place, Robson Hall Negotiation Competition (2013)
  • Neil James McDonald Memorial Prize for highest standing in Criminal Law (2012)
  • D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize for highest standing in Constitutional Law (2011-2012)
  • D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize for highest standing in Property Law (2011-2012)
  • Max & Manly Isaacs Prize for highest standing in Legal Methods (2011-2012)
  • Dean’s Honour List, Faculty of Law (2011-2012)