Melissa K. Kahren is a senior attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling matters in the firm’s construction law, insurance coverage and property insurance practice areas. She primarily focuses on first- and third-party coverage litigation and liability defense with a concentration on property liability. Her practice also includes defending insureds who have been sued, such as contractors and homeowners’ associations. Melissa’s clients include prominent multinational insurers with offices around the globe.

Melissa joined the firm in 1999 and continues to achieve highly successful outcomes in complex, multimillion dollar matters that have contributed to the firm’s acumen, agility and preeminent reputation in the field of property insurance litigation.

Addressing the needs of clients with fast, informative and efficient solutions is Melissa’s top priority. She is always available for conversations and meetings with clients to discuss thoughtful and prudent strategies that best serve and expedite clients’ goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.


  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review


  • State Bar of Georgia


Melissa is actively involved in her daughters' Girl Scouts troop, having served as the troop's treasurer and community service liaison. She is currently the secretary on her youngest daughter's Boy Scouts of America troop, where her daughter is a founding member.



Melissa has recently managed bad faith/coverage litigation for three high-profile cases including an underlying verdict of more than $72 million for injuries sustained in an apartment explosion; a multimillion dollar settlement involving litigation against an insured for violations of the Fair Housing Act; and litigation involving an apartment tenant that was hog-tied and murdered.

Bar Admittances

  • Georgia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1995)

Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1992)

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