Meet Melanie

Melanie Neely Willis

Coordinating Attorney

Intellectual Property Practice Group


Melanie is a coordinating attorney in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell LLP.

Melanie completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska, where she studied the metabolic impacts of protein structure and function using a variety of analytical techniques and systems. In her research she utilized several types of chromatography, mass spectrometry, ultra-centrifugation, kinetic assays, and x-ray crystallography. Melanie also has experience culturing bacteria, yeast, and human cells for assays and protein purification, as well as basic molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics.

Prior to joining Carr & Ferrell, Melanie held several successful positions that required both legal and technical expertise including consulting with biotech start-up companies to develop sources of non-dilutive funding, and develop integrated research and business strategies. Melanie also developed a deep knowledge of drone research, industry, and regulation as the research officer at an FAA-designated Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site, the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation.

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-­Lincoln
  • J.D., with Honor, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office