Melissa Y. York     |     Partner

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ASSISTANT   |   Amber Stephens     804.762.8029
PARALEGAL   |   Chandra Reeves     804.762.8037

OFFICE   |   Richmond
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Missy, a Richmond, Virginia native, joined Harman Claytor in October 2014 after practicing at Morris & Morris for six years. She focuses her practice on defending public and private entities and their employees who are involved in litigation. Missy has experience handling claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disability Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Family Medical Leave Act. She represents government entities and their employees in civil rights actions asserting constitutional violations and claims under federal law. Additionally, Missy defends claims involving defamation, intentional torts, and negligence, including claims involving premises liability, products liability, and general negligence.

  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2005
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 2008
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Graduated 2nd in class of 171 students
    • Articles Editor, Law Review
    • Vice-Chancellor, Walter Scott McNeill Law Society
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Outstanding Service Award – 2014 – 2016
    • Co-Chair Bench Bar Dinner for Young Lawyers’ Conference – 2013 – 2016
    • Young Lawyers’ Conference Board of Governors 3rd District Representative
  • Virginia Women Attorney’s Association
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – Civil Litigation: Defense – 2013 – 2018
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, Young Lawyer (under 40) – 2017
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Virginia State Bar – 2008
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Sandra S. Gregor & Melissa Y. York, The Imposition of Sanctions Against Attorneys after Ford Motor Co. v. Benitez, Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXV, No. 1 (Spring 2013).

Representative Experience
  • Obtained a defense verdict based on contributory negligence as a matter of law in a personal injury case arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a jury trial in a personal injury case arising out of a motor vehicle accident involving a car and bicycle.
  • Successfully defended manufacturer of HVAC equipment in a products liability case.
  • Successfully defended trucking company and its driver in a personal injury case arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
  • Successfully defended premises owner in a personal injury case arising out of a slip and fall.
  • Successfully defended restaurant in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff who was allegedly injured after biting into a foreign object in food served at defendant’s restaurant.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.