Melissa Azallion Kenny has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on business immigration and labor and employment law issues. She represents clients in multiple industries including entertainment/sports, manufacturing, technology, health care, quick service/food service, hospitality, government, and education. In addition to serving as legal counsel for clients over the past 15 years, Melissa has worked as a Human Resources Administrator and Affirmative Action Director for the University of Dayton, where she was responsible for writing and directing the University’s Affirmative Action Plan.

Melissa’s immigration experience includes the representation of multinational and domestic corporations, their employees and private individuals in business immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and at U.S. Consulates and Embassies throughout the world. She assists businesses in obtaining and maintaining temporary work visas for professionals and skilled workers. She also has substantial experience assisting U.S. and international companies in sponsoring foreign nationals for green cards including labor certifications, national interest waivers and extraordinary alien petitions, among others.

Melissa hosts the Immigration Insights Podcast, found here, which includes discussions on all things immigration – travel considerations, employee immigration status, H1-B visas, and much more. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named, Legal Elite of the Upstate, Greenville Business Magazine (2018)
  • 2012 Leadership in Law Recipient
  • "40 Under 40" Award, Savannah Business Journal
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating



Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Hilton Head Christian Academy
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairperson, Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board
  • Greater Island Council

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson, South Carolina Bar, Immigration Law Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys


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(843) 341-4926


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(803) 753-3230

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(404) 685-4243

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(864) 552-9303

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About Burr & Forman Sports Law

The Burr & Forman Sports Law team includes attorneys from a variety of legal and college athletic backgrounds, who provide counsel on marketing, licensing and other agreements. The team, which includes NFLPA certified contract advisors, has represented professional athletes in marketing and other deals, negotiated NIL contracts with NCAA coaching legends, represented professional sports organizations, and negotiated deals with major sporting television networks.

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