Melvin Albritton obtained a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. He was also the recipient of a Louisiana Legislative Scholarship. During his time at Tulane he was chosen to represent Tulane at American University’s Washington Semester. After college Mr. Albritton worked for an Internet startup, “babygift.com” drafting copy for the online catalog. In 1999 he was awarded the Wiener, Weiss & Madison Merit Scholarship Award to Tulane Law School. In law school, Mr. Albritton was selected to join the Ruby Vale Appellate Moot Court Team, which focuses on the area of corporate law. In addition, he wrote-on to the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. During his tenure on the journal, he published a comment, Swatting Internet Spiders: An Analysis of Spider Activity on the Internet, that explored the intellectual property regime as it applied to the authorship of websites and the legal remedies available to website authors who want to limit the unauthorized reproduction or display of their site by a search engine.
Melvin has a proven ability to recognize potential legal issues and offer creative solutions. Mr. Albritton was instrumental in obtaining a $21.5 million dollar settlement on behalf of a bankrupt phone company that bet its business plan on a technology that was promised but never delivered.
Melvin’s background is also distinguished by his service on the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (“HSGAC”) investigative staff. Melvin represented the Majority Committee in its investigation of the government’s lack of preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina. He deposed numerous federal, state and local government officials to uncover holes in their preparation and response to the storm.
After Hurricane Katrina, Melvin was presented with the opportunity to join the HSGAC as a congressional investigator. Initially his work was limited to investigating the government’s preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina. He deposed numerous federal, state and local government officials to uncover holes in their preparation and response to the storm. The Committee’s work culminated in the publication of his report, Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared, S.Rept. 109-322. Melvin co-authored several sections of the Committee report. Eventually, Melvin’s investigative work for the Committee expanded to include ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse in government contracting. He proposed and staffed several Congressional hearings, including, Deconstructing Reconstruction: Problems, Challenges, and the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, S.Hrg. 110-331, and Strengthening the Unique Role of the Nation’s Inspectors General, S.Hrg. 110-587.
In September 2007, Mr. Albritton resigned his position on HSGAC to return to New Orleans. He has married and celebrated the birth of three children. Professionally, Mr. Albritton’s commercial litigation practice picked up where it left off prior to Katrina. He continues to find creative solutions for clients while keeping litigation costs to a minimum. Mr. Albritton recognizes that part of the value he provides to clients is identifying and assessing risks and proposing mitigation strategies. Mr. Albritton is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in Louisiana.