Melisa C. Zwilling is a shareholder with Carr Allison and is a resident in its Birmingham, Alabama office. Her practice focuses exclusively on Medicare Compliance and she chairs the firm’s Medicare practice group. She has been serving clients in this area for over fifteen years and is considered a national authority on Medicare Secondary Payer issues. Melisa has published numerous articles in major journals nationwide and has been a guest speaker at countless seminars and conferences across the country. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and has submitted a brief to the Court concerning Medicare Secondary Payer issues.
Melisa earned a rating of AV, the highest available, with the national lawyer ranking service of Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, in 2014 and again in 2015, she was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s Women Leaders in the Law. In 2013 she was named a Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law. She has also been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers® and as one of Birmingham’s Top Rated Lawyers. In 2008, she was invited to Time Magazine’s list of Most Influential Women in America and in 2007, to Fortune’s List of Premier Lawyers.
Melisa received two Bachelor of Science degrees, magna cum laude, from Athens State University and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, cum laude.
Having been raised in the country, Melisa now spends most of her free time outdoors with her 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. She can usually be found on the back of a horse trail riding or at horse shows with her family.
Although never shying from a challenge, Melisa freely admits that she is unable to swim, whistle or, unfortunately, cook. What she lacks in those areas, though, she makes up for with an astounding ability to organize things, as well as people, and “get things done.”
After having a stroke at the age of 35, Melisa has spent the past nine years as a volunteer and advocate for the American Heart and Stroke Associations. She tries to live every day to the fullest and takes advantage of opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others.