Melissa Rueschhoff is a Partner with Parlatore Law Group and an in-demand litigation and criminal law attorney, practicing in the areas of Civil Litigation including special victims and human trafficking, Internal Investigations, Strategic Legal Communications, and Government/Political Law. She has been practicing law for over two decades in nine jurisdictions and is thrilled to bring her experience to Parlatore Law Group.
Ms. Rueschhoff has spent much of her career working on behalf of special victims. As a Civil Litigator, she is passionate about not only stopping the sex trafficking of adults and children alike, but also holding businesses accountable that are apathetically catering to these networks. Prior to joining Parlatore Law Group, Ms. Rueschhoff’s legal career had been focused on Criminal Prosecution in Special Victim’s Units and, most recently, in combating child sex trafficking at home and abroad. In Hawaii, she was an Analyst / Special Prosecutor for the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Unit in the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office and a Legislative Attorney for the Judiciary Chair in the Hawaii State Legislature.
Ms. Rueschhoff’s experience with the Hawaii State Legislature Judiciary Chair further ignited her passion to help people and groups seeking to turn their ideas into effective laws to be presented during the legislative session. Her background in legislation and lobbying perfectly equips her to work with lobbyists trying to establish new or different laws at the state level. Ms. Rueschhoff is a resource for groups seeking legislative/lobbying legal analysis across a broad spectrum. From cross-checking conflicts with existing laws, to pulling language from other states laws, to articulating key arguments to elected officials, to creating new and relevant legislation, she is eager to serve as counsel for lobbying and non-profit organizations seeking to make their communities a better place to live.
Previously, Ms. Rueschhoff directed Arizona’s first ever federally grant-funded DTAP (Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison) program, an experience she uses to help state agencies apply for federally funded grants. Her recent focus is to ensure uniformed officers have adequate training and resources available to recognize and help victims of sexual assault and trafficking in their communities. Ms. Rueschhoff is available as a resource throughout the grant application process, aiding in the application and oversight of grant funded programs, and advocating on her client’s behalf after the grant.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Rueschhoff has been a law professor at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, the University of Arizona’s Rogers College of Law, and the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law. She is a Board Member for the Joint Venture Education Forum which brings together the Hawaii Department of Education and the five military branches represented on our islands. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors and is the Community Relations Co-Chair for Ho’Ola Na Pua, the premier organization working with survivors of child sex abuse and trafficking. She has also been an invited guest speaker for Pacific Air Force command conferences at military bases, DOE schools, colleges and on national podcasts. Ms. Rueschhoff has been featured in Pacific Edge Women in Business as the first military spouse to become a licensed Hawaii attorney under the military spouse reciprocity rule and for her dedication to eradicating trafficking.
She is admitted to practice in Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, and Texas state courts, as well as the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts in Texas and The Court of Federal Claims.
She lives in Hawaii with her husband and two children.
South Texas College of Law, Jurisprudence Doctorate Degree (1998)
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism, Communications Degree (1995)