Melissa W. Robinson

Melissa W. Robinson

Roanoke, Virginia

Melissa W. Robinson is Glenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff's most senior trial litigator, focusing her practice on civil litigation.  Over her 28 years of practice, she has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts across the Commonwealth involving personal injury, wrongful death, trucking, products liability, professional liability, and insurance coverage matters.  She has acted as an investigator for local government clients on employment-related claims and routinely provides advice to individuals, businesses, and insurers on contract and insurance issues.  Ms. Robinson began her practice in 1988, joining the law firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore where she became partner in 1994.  At the request of the founding members of Glenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff PLC, a firm specializing exclusively in trial litigation and related practice areas, she joined the firm in 2002. 

Ms. Robinson is a member of the Virginia State Bar Client Protection Fund Board and a member of the Roanoke Bar Association.  She is also a Board Member and Master of the Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Ms. Robinson is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice

  • Trial
  • Corporate and Insurance Clients
  • Complex Products Liability
  • Contract and Insurance Coverage Matter
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents-Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury-Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death-Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988


  • William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 1985

Published Works

  • Civil Discovery in Virginia: Chapter 10 Request for Admissions (3rd ed.), Editor: Wyatt B. Durrette, Jr., 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Virginia Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Boyd Graves Conference, Member, 2012 - present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2015 - present
  • Roanoke Law Foundation, Fellow, 2014 - present
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow, 2012 - present
  • Virginia Lawyer's Weekly "Women of Achievement" Award, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board, Member, 2012 - 2018
  • Virginia State Bar Client Protection Fund Board, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Roanoke Bar Association, Board Member, 2015 - Present
  • Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, Master, 2008 - Present
  • Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, Board Member, 2008 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2004
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Chair, Products Liability Section, 1996 - 1997

Pro Bono Activities

  • Good Samaritan Hospice, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • Roanoke Women's Foundation, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Past Member, Valley Board of Directors, YWCA of the Roanoke