Melissa Waite
Dickinson Wright PLLC

Melissa is a Member in the firm’s Real Estate Department and practices in the areas of privilege licensing, business transactions and real estate transactions. After establishing a broad transactional practice handling a wide array of corporate and real estate transactions, she expanded her practice to include medical marijuana, followed by recreational marijuana, hemp and CBD. Since 2013, Melissa has been advising clients on emerging legal issues related to marijuana establishments and ancillary marijuana businesses operating in Nevada. She has assisted cultivators, producers, dispensaries, distributors and testing labs in maintaining compliance in a highly regulated market, obtaining state and local licenses, acquiring real estate and facilitating acquisitions and dispositions of operating cannabis establishments. Melissa is constantly working with state and local agencies, monitoring new policies and changes in the law in order to help clients stay at the forefront as the cannabis industry continues to evolve.
Melissa is actively involved with establishing a Cannabis Section of the Nevada State Bar and was recently included on the National Law Journal's 2019 Cannabis Trailblazer List for her contributions to the Cannabis industry. She received her B.S. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, her J.D. from University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law, and her MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Lee Business School.