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Associate Attorney

Areas of practice:

Practice limited to consumer and business debtor bankruptcy law, and consumer protection, 2016 to present.


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2014: Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law 

2006: B.A. in Political Science, Hartwick College 


Bar Admissions:

2014: North Carolina State Bar 

2015: Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina 

2017: Federal District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina 


Melissa Swaby was born on the island of Jamaica, but largely grew up in Albany, New York. The third of six children, Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Poltical Science from Hartwick College in upstate, New York and later obtained her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. After passing the North Carolina bar exam in 2014, Melissa began her career practicing consumer bankruptcy law representing Debtors. Thereafter, Melissa spent three years representing Creditors in bankruptcy court. Melissa joined the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt in February 2020 to continue her work representing Debtors in their journey toward a fresh start.

Attorney Professional Association or Honor::

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Capital City Lawyers Association