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 matters in business law.

Melissa has experience with the preparation and review of agreements and contracts, 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 franchiser obligations, 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)
  • Pro Bono Students Canada, Robson Hall Chapter (2011-2013)


  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Accessing Diversion from Custody: Retention and Classification in a Drug Treatment Court (2018), The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research – Volume 7 (p. 315-348)
  • MBA Presentation for CCCA Section: “Restrictive Covenants in a Corporate Transaction and Employment Context: An Overview and Discussion of Emerging Developments”, with Pamela Hilderman (February 6, 2018)
  • Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers: The McDonald’s Case Study (Portillo v Canada) with R. Reis Pagtakhan (October 22, 2014)
  • Impact Evaluation of the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court (and SASSI-III) with Dr. M. Weinrath, for 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)
  • “Due Process as a Disclaimer: A Critical Discussion of Drug Treatment Courts in Canada,” Practicing Justice Conference, University of Winnipeg, (May 13-15, 2010)
  • “Boxing with Kid Gloves: Why Temporary Foreign Workers must be Treated Differently than Canadian Employees” with R. Reis Pagtakhan, HRMAM Connect (HR and Leadership) Conference (October 30, 2014)
  • “Significant Amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Exemptions Announced” with Todd W. Thomson and Bradley D. G. Zander (March 19, 2015)
  • “The Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program in Manitoba – Are you Eligible?” with Todd W. Thomson and Bradley D. G. Zander (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)
  • American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition Finalist (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)