Melissa Johnson, J.D., M.B.A.
Melissa Johnson has a J.D. (with honors) from Emory University School of Law ('10) and holds an M.B.A. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ('03). Currently, Ms. Johnson works in the General Counsel Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia, but is seeking a full-time entry level position in tax in the public or private sector. She has substantial client contact experience from working as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting and excellent research skills from working for an Emory Law Professor researching and analyzing economic statistics with implications on tax liability by race and income level. Additionally, Ms. Johnson spent her summers during law school working mainly in the corporate and tax practices of two very established law firms in the Atlanta area.
While attending law school, Ms. Johnson was the Co-Chair for what has now become the annual Emory Legal Association for Women Students' Conference, and was involved in the TI:GER (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) Program, an interdisciplinary program connecting Law, MBA, and PhD students to commercialize new technologies. She also interned at Georgia Legal Services in Community Economic Development assisting a non-profit organization in gaining tax-exempt status.
When asked what sets Ms. Johnson apart from other candidates, she responded "Passion for tax." She continued, "I bring to my employers not just my passion for tax, but an aptitude for it as well as a business background." Ms. Johnson believes that an understanding of tax is relevant to almost every business and personal transaction, and because of this, is interested in continuing her career in this important field. Although currently based in the Atlanta area, Ms. Johnson is willing to relocate for the right opportunity.