Oakland County, Michigan/Advantage Oakland/Elite 40/Melissa B. Winkler, Esq., 26

Melissa B. Winkler, Esq., 26

Fakhoury Law Group

Melissa B. Winkler Melissa Winkler is an attorney at Fakhoury Law Group who works with individuals relocating for employment opportunities, whether they are coming to the United States for temporary work or seeking permanent residence. She also works with the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative to help the state of Michigan strengthen and diversify the state's economy by retaining top international talent.

Melissa has been involved with Kensington Community Church since 2002 and helped lead a group of over 30 people to Iquitos, Peru to help with the children's ministry and light construction. She participated in the Hope Water Project's Detroit Marathon since 2013, where she helped raise money to build wells for the Pokot Tribe in Kenya.

Melissa has been involved with her husband's company, "Dog Tags for Jesus," that puts encouraging scripture on military dog tags and donates all proceeds to various charities. She has volunteered in schools around Oakland County as well as at the immigration clinic at the Hispanic Outreach through Catholic Social Services in Pontiac. She also volunteered at to be a mentor to a brother and sister that were part in the Hispanic Outreach organization.

Melissa received her bachelor's degree in Spanish and literature from Oakland University, her juris doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is expecting to receive her LL.M. in Homeland Security Law this year. She received the Leadership Achievement Award from Cooley. She finished first in the 2010 Thomas M. Cooley Moot Court Competition.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.