• Married 32 years to Dawn Melrose
  • Father of Adam, Emily, Allison & Madison
  • Member of First United Methodist Church in Waynesville
  • AYSO Youth Soccer Coach for all my children and many years
  • Western Regional Coordinator of the North Carolina Mock Trial program for high school students during past 20 years.
  • Fisherman, pilot, hiker, kayaker, writer, speaker, and advocate for public schools
  • Past Board member of charitable organizations including REACH of Jackson County (survivors of domestic abuse); Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home (orphanage in Bolivia)
  • Past Children & Youth Sunday School teacher for many years, most recently at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville
  • All our children have received an excellent education in the public schools of Jackson and Haywood Counties.I have been a vocal supporter of public education.
  • Published “Take a Chance” (2002) novel for young adult readers (a story about father and son, faith, and summer camp)


  • Western Carolina University, Bachelor of Science (1985) (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (1989)


  • Admitted to practice law in North Carolina (1990)
  • Admitted to United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (1994)
  • Admitted to the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2016) Admitted to the United States Supreme Court (2017)
  • Oral arguments before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Private practice of law since 1990 with W. Paul Holt Jr.; Mark Melrose, P.A.; Mark Melrose & Associates, P.A., Melrose, Seago & Lay, P.A; and Melrose Law.(managing partner for law firm with up to six attorneys, 12 staff)
  • Civil Superior Court: lead attorney in countless jury trials including personal injury, medical malpractice, breach of contract, property claims, wrongful death, estate disputes, Constitutional law issues
  • Criminal Superior Court: lead attorney in countless bench and jury trials for offenses ranging from shoplifting to first-degree murder

Past Professional Accomplishments:

  • Recipient of Pro Bono Service Awards
  • Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • President of the Jackson/Swain Bar Association
  • Lawyers Mutual Community Board Member (current)
  • Adjunct instructor Western Carolina University (undergraduate law classes)
  • Order of the Coif Service Awards from North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Invited speaker to local public schools, community colleges, professional attorney organizations on topics including trial skills, evidence, pre-trial discovery, law office management, and elder law advanced care directives
  • Honored by Best Lawyers in North Carolina, Super Lawyers
  • Member North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justices