Melanie grew up on the Navajo reservation near Gallup, New Mexico. Like most families on the reservation, Melanie’s family didn’t have running water and electricity. Throughout her childhood, she spent time hauling water and firewood with her parents and her brothers.
Growing up on the reservation, Melanie enjoyed playing many sports including cross-country and track for her local high school, Gallup High. She would wake up early in the morning during cross-county and track season to put in a three-mile run before school. Today, Melanie still enjoys running the same trails when she goes home to visit.
Melanie left home to attend undergraduate school at the University of Arizona and received a degree in Economics. She then attended graduate school at Arizona State University and received a Master’s degree in Public Policy.
Melanie then returned home to New Mexico and attended law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law. While in law school she did an externship for the late Chief Justice Daniels, was on the Environmental Moot Court team, and served on the Natural Resources Journal. Melanie worked in the area of insurance law prior to joining Curtis & Co. Law Firm. Melanie is proud to be part of a team that advocates families and individuals that have been injured. Through her position at this firm, Melanie will be able to help individuals in her community and work to make positive changes for individuals and families in New Mexico.
Melanie is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association in addition to practicing in New Mexico State and District Courts. She is also a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.