Jessica Melton

 / New Orleans

P: 504.561.0323 X. 522

From an early age, Jessica Melton has always been the person who solved problems and mediated issues — with her family, her friends, and now her clients. She enjoys being the person that others look to when they have a problem — and then working with them to find a solution. It makes her a perfect fit with the SBSB team.

Growing up in New Orleans, with the boats and the river in such close proximity, Jessica was naturally attracted to maritime law. At Tulane University Law School, where she earned her J.D., she served as the managing editor of the Tulane Maritime Journal. Before that, she broadened her horizons at St. Andrews University in Scotland as part of the study abroad program at Vassar College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies. While in law school, she completed an intensive course in alternative dispute resolution.

Jessica also gained valuable experience as an extern for the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. She later followed that with an externship for the Honorable Stephen Higginson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Prior to her career as an attorney, Jessica worked as a teacher and devoted much of her time to various local non-profit organizations.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Defense Base Act


  • J.D., Tulane University
    • Top 15%
  • M.Sc., Global Development, Tulane University
  • B.A., Vassar College


Court Admissions

  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Honors and Distinctions

  • Tulane Maritime Journal Managing Editor, fall 2019
  • Moot Court Board member, fall 2016-spring 2017
  • Moot Court interschool alternative dispute resolution team member, fall 2016-fall 2017
  • Moot Court interschool alternative dispute resolution team coach, fall 2017
  • First place Intraschool Negotiation Competition, fall 2017
  • Completed intensive study abroad summer course in alternative dispute resolution, summer 2017
  • Partial-tuition scholarship