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Melisa Zwilling is a shareholder with Carr Allison and is a resident in its Birmingham, Alabama, office. Her practice focuses on Medicare Compliance and Labor and Employment.

Melisa has published countless articles and spoken at numerous conferences and seminars across the United States. For her outstanding legal work, she earned an AV peer-review rating from the national lawyer ranking service Martindale Hubbell.  She has repeatedly been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, most recently for Labor and Employment Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Workers’ Compensation Employer Defense. In addition, she was named in the Top 50 Lawyers in America for Alabama. Previously, Melisa was selected as one of Fortune magazine’s Women Leaders in the Law and named a Top-Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law. She has also been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers as one of Birmingham’s Top-Rated  Lawyers and ranked in the Top 100 Women Lawyers in Birmingham. In addition,  Melisa was invited to Time magazine’s list of the Most Influential Women in America and Fortune’s List of Premier Lawyers.

Melisa defends employers against claims alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation in addition to alleged violations of leave laws, civil rights laws, wage and hour laws, OSHA standards and guidelines, as well as other employment-related claims. She practices in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  In addition to litigating claims, she also assists clients by drafting employee handbooks and non-compete, employment, and severance agreements. Melisa provides daily guidance to employers on issues involving the hiring, discipline, and firing of employees, as well as assisting with workplace investigations. She spends a significant amount of time educating employers on the nuances of myriad employment laws to help them avoid lawsuits. 

Having graduated from Athens State University, magna cum laude, Melisa earned bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Management of Technology. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law and Psychology Review and Senior Editor of The Journal of the Legal Profession.



Raised in the country, Melisa continues to spend much of her free time outdoors with her daughter and son. She can be found building furniture, riding horses or fishing.

After having a stroke at the age of 35, Melisa spent several years as a volunteer for the American Heart and Stroke Associations. She tries to live every day to the fullest and looks for opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others.



Spring 2023

I never should have hired him, but . . ., USLAW Magazine

Winter 2021

Vaccines, Variants and Violence in the Workplace, USLAW Magazine

September 2021

Failing to Ensure Complete, Proper Resolution of Medicare Conditional Payment Claims is Very Risky Business,

Summer 2021

Breaking Down OSHA’s New COVID-19 National Emphasis Program: Guidance for Employers to Avoid OSHA Citations, USLAW Magazine

Spring 2021

How the New PAID Act will Dramatically Improve Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, USLAW Magazine

Fall 2021

Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuits Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns Explode, USLAW Magazine

"I truly enjoy my relationships with our clients and the attorneys and staff in my office.  I feel fortunate to work with such wonderful people every day."



Medicare Compliance

Labor & Employment Law



United States Supreme Court
State of Alabama

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama



American Bar Association

Medicare Secondary Payer Network 
Professional Liability Attorney Network
USLAW Network

Alabama State Bar Association

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association



University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Athens State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology, magna cum laude



Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) 

Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Departments of Insurance: AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MS, NC, NH, NM, NV, OK, RI, TX, WV and WY


Diversity Summit, Atlanta, GA

ExecuSummit Employment Practice

Georgia Risk & Safety Conference

National Assoc of Women in Construction

Alabama Society for Safety Professionals

Alabama General Contractors 

Alabama Society for Safety Professionals

CLM Workers Compensation and Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference

Florida RIMS Annual Conference

Alabama Self-insurers Annual Conference

RISE Medicare Secondary Payer Seminar

Product Liability Attorneys Network Seminar

Alabama State Bar Employment Update

Birmingham Bar Employment Update

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