Melisa C. Zwilling






Melisa Zwilling is a shareholder with Carr Allison and is a resident in its Birmingham, Alabama, office.  Her practice focuses exclusively on Medicare Compliance and she chairs the firm's Medicare Compliance Group.  She has been practicing in this area for over 20 years and is considered a national authority on Medicare Secondary Payer issues.  Melisa has published numerous articles in major journals nationwide and has been a guest speaker at countless seminars and conferences across the country.  She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Melisa earned a rating of AV, the highest available, with the national lawyer ranking service of Martindale Hubbell.  Additionally, in 2014 and again in 2015, she was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s Women Leaders in the Law.  In 2013 she was named a Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law.  She has also been recognized by Alabama SuperLawyers as one of Birmingham’s Top Rated Lawyers and ranked one of 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.

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




Having been raised in the country, Melisa spends much of her free time with her daughter and son outdoors.  She can also be found riding horses, fishing or woodworking.

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


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


Medicare Compliance

Employment Law

COVID-19 Issues


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 (formerly NAMSAP)
USLAW Network

Defense Research Institute

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


Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas


Breaking Down OSHA's New National Emphasis Program:  Guidance for Employers to Avoid OSHA Citations, USLAW Magazine, Summer 2021 

How the New PAID Act Will Dramatically Improve Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, USLAW Magazine, Spring 2021

Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuits Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns Explode, Fall 2020