Melissa Benson

Professional Biography

Melissa joined LASC in late August, 2015, after working for nearly ten years as an attorney in the Chillicothe office of LASC’s sister program, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS). She has practiced housing, consumer, domestic, and public benefits in her time with legal aid, but now focuses exclusively on housing issues. While at SEOLS, Melissa served as the co-director of the program’s foreclosure defense project and served on a committee convened by District Court Judge Gregory Frost to establish rules for the filing and litigation of foreclosures in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She successfully litigated numerous appeals on various issues including FHA foreclosure, unfair and deceptive car sales practices, parental consent to adoption, and when a court can impute income to an unintentionally unemployed parent for the purposes of determining child support. Before obtaining her law degree, Melissa worked as a journalist in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bar Admissions and Activities

  • Ohio Poverty Law Center Housing Task Force
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member, Ross County Bar Association
  • Member, Franklin County Bar Association
  • Bar admissions – Ohio (2005)
  • Bar admissions – U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio (2006)
  • Bar admissions – U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio (2009)

Volunteer and Community Activities

  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Community Leadership Council


  • Ohio University (B.S.J. 1999)
  • Indiana University (M.A. work 1999-2001)
  • Case Western Reserve University (J.D. 2005)


Melissa lives in Columbus with her husband and their two literary cats Bronte and Anais.

Melissa Benson


Phone: (614) 737-0128
Fax: (614) 224-4514

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