Melissa Schmidt, JD
Senior Counsel

Direct: 508.768.8470

What inspired you to join Contracts Associates?

“Relocating to North Carolina in 2017 allowed me to explore the next phase of my career. Joining Contracts Associates gave me the opportunity to utilize my sixteen years of healthcare and pharmaceutical in-house experience to guide my clients. In many cases, they are dealing with issues I’ve already tackled.”

What motivates you in your work?

“The bio-pharma industry is constantly changing, and I relish that challenge. I understanding the urgency of this work, the risk, and most of all, the big picture that my clients are trying to accomplish. My broad experience allows me to offer a different perspective and deeper insight than a typical law firm attorney can. I also love being able to educate my clients about their legal obligations—and in talking with them, I gain a deeper understanding of the underlying science, which is fascinating.”

With extensive experience in pharmaceutical and commercial law, Melissa Schmidt is proud to serve as a guide for her clients through the often complex processes of obtaining regulatory approvals, negotiating business partnerships, and creating commercial agreements. After earning her J.D. from the New England School of Law (2001), Melissa began her career in life sciences, serving as the primary corporate counsel for Fresenius Medical Care North America. From there, she became longstanding in-house counsel at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., before joining Contracts Associates in 2017.