Melissa Yasinow

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Law School

Case Western Reserve University
(Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif)

Undergraduate University

Mount Holyoke College
(Magna Cum Laude)

Year Admitted

2011

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio

Professional Interests

Melissa Yasinow is a fierce advocate for her clients in all legal settings. Trained as a litigator, Melissa has successfully represented students in all manner of disciplinary proceedings across Ohio and the United States. Melissa’s experience includes defending students in Title IX investigations as well as proceedings concerning student misconduct, professionalism, and academic integrity. Her years of litigation experience complement Balin Law’s Social Security Disability practice, helping her to assess SSDI/SSI cases and other claims on behalf of our clients.

Melissa is particularly proud of her work defending students with disabilities, including Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Melissa’s experience includes:

  • Successfully appealed a fourth-year medical student’s dismissal from an Ohio public university for alleged academic underperformance.
  • Successfully defended an Ohio high school senior in a Title IX investigation after he had been suspended without due process.
  • Successfully defended a college senior against claims of sexual misconduct at a private college in New York.
  • Successfully resolved a sexual misconduct case at a New Jersey public university where both students had Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Successfully defended a pre-med student at a private Ohio university accused of cheating on a physics exam.
  • Successfully resolved a disciplinary matter ensuring that an Ohio high school sophomore could return to school and the soccer team after a mental health crisis.
  • Successfully appealed the suspension of an Ohio public university student from his pharmacy program after the university failed to provide mandatory due process.
  • Successfully appealed a sexual misconduct ruling against a rising senior at a public Indiana university.

Melissa is also proud to help individuals with disabilities in all legal settings, including before Social Security.

Civic Involvement

Melissa previously served as a Councilmember and Vice Mayor in the City of Cleveland Heights. When Melissa first joined Cleveland Heights City Council, she was the youngest ever elected official in the city’s history.

Melissa completed Ladder Down Cleveland (Class of 2021), Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2019) and the Mandel Leadership Symposium (Class of 2017). She is also a past Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League in Cleveland.

Melissa is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Honors & Awards

Melissa was recognized as a Top Rated Attorney 3 years in a row, making the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2019, 2020, and 2021; an honor granted to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.

Named one of the “Most Interesting People” by Cleveland Magazine in 2018 and “12 Under 36: Member of the Tribe,” by the Cleveland Jewish News in 2018.

Recipient of a Fulbright Grant to the Republic of Korea where she represented American interests from 2006 to 2007.

Testimonials

Melissa Yasinow has been a blessing to me and my family when we didn’t know who else to turn to. Melissa diligently worked for almost a week to compile all the evidence necessary for my appeal. She wrote a brilliant and very professional appeal which successfully reversed the university’s original verdict. I would have been further humiliated by the university and would have had a permanent stain on my academic record if it weren’t for Melissa. Thank you!

I worked with Melissa during one of the most emotionally trying periods of my life. She was compassionate and professional towards me at all times. I appreciated her sincerity and straightforwardness. She was available whenever I needed assistance, day or night and throughout the weekend, in putting my documentation together. Melissa was diligent and thorough; she familiarized herself with all the necessary information in an impressively short time frame given the complex nature of my case. I felt confident that I was able to put my best possible case forward because I had Melissa Yasinow on my team. I highly recommend her services and I am forever grateful for the support she provided me.

Thank you, Melissa Yasinow, for your professionalism, compassion, and persistence. When our son was wrongly accused of a Title IX violation, Melissa took the time to really get to know him so that she could represent his case. She was a calming force when the school’s biased report was made. Melissa pushed for fairness and proper procedures. She was thorough in researching the other cases and drafting proper legal correspondence with the school. In the end, with her persistent help and professionalism, my son was completely cleared of all accusations. I cannot recommend this practice enough. We love Melissa.

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