Melina N. Bales



Melina Bales is an associate in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice. Melina concentrates her practice on assisting clients through complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and out-of-court workouts and turnarounds. Melina also maintains a healthy commercial litigation practice. She has represented national and international business clients through sophisticated high-stakes litigation. Melina thoroughly enjoys advocating for her clients’ interests both in and outside of the courtroom through creative and efficient solutions.

While in law school, she clerked with U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Manske for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She was also an intern for American Gateways, an organization developed to help refugees fleeing war in Central America. Lastly, she participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association's Moot Court Competition where her team placed second for advocacy and finished first place for best brief.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Texas State Bar
  • Member, John C. Ford American Inn of Court
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association


  • Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 2017)
    • Dean's List
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 2014)
    • Government (major)
    • Psychology (minor)


  • Texas (2017)
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2018)

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish - fluent
  • French - conversational