Melissa A. Baeza
Attorney / Shareholder

Melissa A. Baeza

Attorney / Shareholder

Contact Info

   915.546.8211
  915.546.8333
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Areas of Concentration

Litigation
Construction Law

Education

Texas Tech University
Juris Doctor
cum laude

St. Mary’s University
Bachelor of Arts – Biology

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court
Western District of Texas




Melissa Baeza practices in the area of commercial litigation with experience in various types of disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, professional liability claims, breach of contract claims, fraud claims, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

As an attorney in ScottHulse’s Construction Law practice group, Melissa has also advised and represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and engineers, in all phases of public and private construction.

Melissa was voted El Paso’s Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2011-2012. Melissa is a member of the State Bar of Texas, El Paso Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, El Paso Young Lawyers Association, El Paso Women’s Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and American Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry and the Texas State Bar’s Construction Law Section.

With respect to Melissa’s activities in the community, she was a participant in the Leadership El Paso Class XXXIII, sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and is an active member in the National Association of Women in Construction, El Paso Chapter 248.

Melissa attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was Articles Editor of Volume 41 of the Texas Tech Law Review and a Teaching Fellow for the first year Legal Practice course. While in law school, Melissa received the CALI Award for Legal Practice I and Jurisprudence Awards for Superior Academic Achievement in Legal Practice II, Business Entities, and Advanced Advocacy Skills in Moot Court.


Representative Matters
  • Secured a defense verdict for a large Fortune 500 company after a two-week jury trial in a construction case involving claims for tortious interference with an existing contract and quantum meruit
  • Awarded a successful jury verdict on behalf of a client in a case involving competing breach of contract claims
  • Obtained a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a client in a case involving a subcontractor’s breach of contract
  • Assisted the trial team with case strategy and handled the selection of the expert witness and preparation of the expert witness for depositions and trial
  • Handled discovery of over 149,000 pages of documents in a surveying case
  • Prepared construction contracts on behalf of owners and general contractors
Organizations

El Paso Bar Association (former board member)

State Bar of Texas

Texas Young Lawyers Association

El Paso Young Lawyers Association

El Paso Women’s Bar Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

American Bar Association

American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry

Texas State Bar’s Construction Law Section

National Association of Women in Construction, El Paso Chapter 248