Melissa L. Waite, Partner

Melissa Waite is a partner with Jolley Urga Woodbury Holthus & Rose. Ms. Waite has earned the distinguished AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and practices in licensing, compliance, business transactions and real estate transactions.

Ms. Waite’s legal practice extends to business and privilege licensing, including those clients from the liquor, gaming, auto dealership, and transportation industries. Most recently, she has become involved with licensing and compliance for medical and retail marijuana establishments in Nevada, and emerging legal issues related to marijuana businesses. In addition to her Juris Doctor degree, Ms. Waite’s Masters of Business Administration degree uniquely positions her to counsel clients on, not only the legal requirements of starting a business, but the intricacies required for running a successful enterprise.

Practice Areas:

  • Business Formation and Transactions
  • Gaming
  • Administrative and Licensing
  • Marijuana Law
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation


  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2007)
    • Contributor, Nevada Law Journal
    • Member, Academic Standards Committee
    • Recipient, CALI Award for highest grade in course: Bankruptcy II
    • Extern, Judge Cheryl B. Moss, Family Court Division
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Business (Masters of Business Administration, cum laude, 2007)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with minor in Economics, magna cum laude, 2003)

Martindale Hubbell Rating:

  • AV Preeminent®

Professional Awards Recognitions:

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of Nevada, Former Secretary of Administrative Law Section
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Alumni Leadership Circle, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
  • Member, Dean’s Council, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Court Admissions:

  • Nevada

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