Melissa Dewey Brumback
Ragsdale Liggett PLLC

2840 Plaza Place Suite 400
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612, United States
Phone: 919-881-2214
Fax: 919-783-8991
Areas of Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate

Practice/Organization Description

Melissa Dewey Brumback is a partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, where she practices in the litigation department, concentrating on complex commercial, business and construction litigation. The bulk of Melissa’s practice consists of representing architects and engineers in construction-related claims, including construction administration and management, plan defects, testing failure claims and delay claims. She also blogs about these issues at

Melissa has represented design professionals in State and Federal courts as well as in binding arbitration, when the parties wish to avoid the formality, time, and expense of a trial. Her practice includes the defense of all sizes of claims, from residential homeowner cases to private commercial construction to multi-prime public construction projects. Melissa is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in North Carolina, as well as the 4th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to construction cases, Melissa handles commercial litigation, business disputes, and director and officer liability. Melissa also heads the creditor’s rights/collections practice group at Ragsdale Liggett.

Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 1998

Eastern, Middle, and Western District of North Carolina, 2001

U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. 1998

University of Manchester, Visiting Scholar, 1997

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. in English 1994 (with honors and highest distinction)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Vice President, RL Mace Universal Design Institute

American Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Wake County Bar Association

North Carolina Women Attorneys

Wake Women Attorneys

Honors and Awards

AV Rated in Martindale Hubbell, 2010

Triangle Impact Law Leader, 2008

Triangle "40 Under 40", 2006

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