Melinda’s practice is focused on commercial real estate, developments, and alcohol regulatory law.

She advises real estate developers in the creation of mixed-use projects, subdivisions, and zoning matters. She has noted experience in condominiums, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

Additionally, she regularly works with hotels and restaurants in obtaining or transferring liquor licenses following expansions, mergers, and other management changes. She is a Certified Cicerone who represents both wholesalers and suppliers in wine, beer, and liquor contracts and transactions.

Melinda regularly presents seminars for developers, management companies, and associations on the topic of condominium and subdivision law in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. She has spoken on multiple occasions at the Craft Brewer’s Conference about various legal topics relevant to brewery owners and managers.

She is a partner in Burr & Forman’s Real Estate practice group and a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law since 2022, Environmental Law since 2023
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Real Estate (2023), "Rising Star" Real Estate (2016-2020)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Real Estate (2015-2020)
  • Thomas Wesley Martin Academic Scholarship
  • Farrah Law Society Community Service Scholarship
  • Alabama Volunteer Lawyer Program, Order of the Samaritan Award Winner
  • Featured Article in Business Alabama
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40 (2019)


Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Member of the Department of Camp McDowell (2012-2015)
  • Junior League of Birmingham, Sustainer
  • Alabama Ballet, Board Member (2017-2020)

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Grievance Committee (2010-2012)
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Birmingham Commercial Real Estate Women, Program Committee Chair (2008)
  • Pink Boots Society
  • Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild
  • Alabama Law Institute, Real Estate Committee


Legal Practice Assistant

Michelle Prestley
(205) 458-5495

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