Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP

1180 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 3000 Atlanta, Georgia 30309


Melissa P. Reading


Melissa Phillips Reading focuses her practice on defending companies and individuals in civil tort litigation, primarily medical malpractice, product liability, and general personal injury defense. Ms. Reading has defended her clients against a broad range of claims including professional and simple negligence, fraud, battery, and strict liability.  Ms. Reading has represented healthcare providers and Fortune 500 corporations from pre-suit investigation through appeal, as well as assisting clients in interactions with the civil legal system where they are not directly sued, such as navigating through depositions, responding to subpoenas, requests for records, and government investigations. She is an experienced litigator, regularly appearing in hearings and depositions, and second-chairing several jury trials in wrongful death and injury cases.


  • Emory University, J.D., 2004
    • Order of the Coif
    • Notes and Comments Editor – Emory International Law Journal
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. in History and Economics, 2001
    • Honors
    • Honors in History


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Georgia

Professional or Trade Affiliations/Memberships

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • CLM Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Eagle International Associates

Honors & Awards

  • Law Clerk, Judge Tidwell, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004 - 2006
  • Atlanta Legal Aid, Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • Rising Star, 2012 – 2018 ed., Super Lawyers  
  • Martindale Hubble Rated AV Preeminent, 2016-2018


  • Ex Parte Communications Between Defense Counsel and Treating Physicians: Has HIPAA Really Changed the Landscape?, For the Defense, October 2011

Speaking Engagements 

  • Medico-Legal Issues of the Electronic Health Record, Georgia Association of Ophthalmologists, February 2016
  • A Key To Successful Teamwork:  Effectively Communicating With Your Client, Outside Counsel Conference, National Forklift Manufacturer, November 2011
  • Nuts and Bolts: Medical Malpractice for Optometrists,  Southeastern Conference of Optometrists, March 2009 and Southern College of Optometry, May 2011

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