Melissa  R. Santiago


Melissa's practice focuses on public finance. She has assisted as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and borrower's counsel in a variety of tax-exempt and taxable financings. 

She also has experience with immigration law, providing strategy and analysis regarding immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications focusing on business immigration. She prepared visa petitions, including H-1B, L-1, E, F, TN, and other visas. She strategized the best options for a variety of complex employment-based immigration issues, and advised businesses regarding I-9 and E-verify compliance.


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law  (J.D., 2017)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (B.A., 2011)
    • International Relations
    • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio


  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Student Success Store, Executive Board member, legal chair
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Columbus Bar Association


  • 2019 Barrister Leadership Program Participant, Columbus Bar Association