Mergers & Acquisitions →
Commercial Transactions →
Corporate Governance →
Debt/Equity Financing →
Capital Restructurings →
Procurement →
Policy Development →
Risk Management →
Franchising & Licensing →
Joint Ventures/Partnerships →


  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) *J.D. Equivalent, Univ. of Manitoba, 1999
  • BA, Major Psycology, Univ. of Manitoba, 1996

Oregon & Canadian Business Attorney Melanie Choch

Melanie originally hails from Canada and is a recent transplant to Portland, Oregon. She is licensed to practice in both Canada and the US (Oregon).  As a business and transactional attorney with a 20+ year career, Melanie has a depth and breadth of experience as an expert advisor for legal, policy and compliance matters in connection with a wide range of commercial and corporate matters. Her areas of expertise include Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Transactions, Corporate Governance, Debt/Equity Financing, Capital Restructurings, Procurement, Policy Development, Risk Management, Franchising & Licensing, and Joint Ventures/Partnerships.

Prior to joining Gleam Law, Melanie’s career spanned both a private practice at a large law firm and also as in-house counsel. She has serviced local, national and international clients. Her clients have come from a variety of industry areas including manufacturing, retail, food services, technology, pharmaceutical, health care, and professional/consulting services. She is excited to have now added to that list working with clients in the cannabis industry.

Melanie is recognized for advising on decisions and executing on projects that balance strict legal analysis and interpretation with business practicalities. She also supports business operations with the development and implementation of initiatives that create standardization and best practices with a focus on strategic direction, policies, procedures and risk assessment and management. Always taking a keen interest in understanding a client’s business, objectives and challenges, Melanie also takes pride in educating clients to provide them with an appreciation of legal issues that impact their business operations.

In her personal time, Melanie enjoys participating in various types of fitness activities from yoga to weight lifting to dance and spending time with her husband and their two dogs. She is an avid traveller and now also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking the numerous trails that Oregon has to offer and exploring the city of Portland.


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