Officer Focus: Melissa Atherton

Want to know a little bit more about our current WLAM Representative, Melissa Atherton?  Read on!

What inspired you to become an attorney?

To this day, I am really not sure.  I just always knew I wanted to be an attorney.

What sparked your interest in the WBA?

When I started at my firm, a partner was heavily involved in the WBA.  She invited me to a meeting and the rest is history.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I like to cook, hang out with my family, and enjoy the outdoors.

What is your favorite book?

House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

Who is your favorite fictional attorney?

I do not really have one but, when I was younger, I loved John Grisham books.

Do you have any pets?

I have two Old English Bulldogs: Petunia and Winston.  They are the quintessential bulldogs: lazy, full of love, and lots of personality.

What do you like listening to in your car or on your way to work?

I have very boring taste – I like podcasts and talk radio.

What are three things that people probably don’t know about you?

(1) I once spent a night sleeping on the floor of the Bangkok airport waiting for a flight.

(2) I met my husband in South Korea.  He was in the U.S. Army stationed just north of Seoul, and I was teaching English in Seoul.

(3) I love online shopping and planning vacations to exotic places (that I do not actually take).

What is your favorite restaurant?

I do not have a favorite right now but, as a general rule, I prefer hole-in-the-wall restaurants to fancy ones.

Do you prefer coffee, tea, or neither?


Favorite travel destination?

There are so many places I would like to go and so many places I would visit again; however, my favorite place in the world is still my grandparents’ cottage in a tiny town just north of the Muskoka region in Ontario.

What superpower would you like to have?

I would love the ability to travel anywhere in the world in less than thirty seconds.  If I could do this, I could spend more time with my family and friends, and I could see more of the world.

What are your words to live by?

“Do one thing today that your future self will be thankful for.”