Melanie Bossie

Partner

Education:

Florida State University College of Law (J.D., High Honors)
Florida State University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude)

Licenses: 

Arizona
Florida
New Mexico

Honors:

In 2013, Best Lawyers in America named Ms. Bossie a Best Lawyer in Phoenix for representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.

She has earned the Martindale-Hubell AV Distinguished rating for high ethical standing, and Super Lawyers identified her as a Top Rated personal injury attorney in Phoenix.

In 2019, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys determined that Ms. Bossie was one of the Top 10 Attorneys for the State of Arizona. She was awarded the highest honor because of the hard work and dedication she has shown in representing her clients.

MELANIE BOSSIE

Melanie Bossie received her B.S. in Criminology, magna cum laude, from Florida State University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University School of Law, with high honors, in 1992. She is currently a member of the nonproft, American Association for Justice to help “promote a fair and effective justice system.”

 

Melanie began working on behalf of victims as a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office in Florida, focusing mostly on career criminal matters and homicide litigation, including death penalty cases.  Melanie successfully prosecuted a serial killer who murdered three young women in Tampa.  In 1999, She began her work on behalf of victims of vulnerable adult abuse and neglect at Wilkes & McHugh, a nationally respected law firm. Melanie worked for Wilkes & McHugh for 20 years, 15 as the managing attorney of the Phoenix and Tucson offices. A tireless litigator and compassionate advocate, Melanie has focused on holding nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for their abuse and neglect of elders and dependent adults.  Her efforts have resulted in more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for her clients.  Melanie was the lead attorney in the Culpepper v. Manor Care case in which the jury awarded a verdict of $6 million, which was one of the top ten verdicts in Arizona that year.   She also litigated the Frieh v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc. case in which a verdict of $1.5 million was awarded to the client.  Melanie has been instrumental in the development of case law under the Adult Protective Services Act in Arizona.  She along with Donna Oh litigatedNewman v. Select Medical Corporation, a landmark case in Arizona where an appellate court found that a jury could consider awarding punitive damages in a health-care related matter.

 

Melanie understands that most victims of vulnerable adult abuse and neglect and their families have never had to deal with these kinds of circumstances, and offers compassion and understanding to the hundreds of clients she has helped in these situations.  She has handled over 150 jury trials in her career, and has experience in holding criminals and corporations accountable for decisions that injure and exploit vulnerable people.

 

In her free time, Melanie is an avid sports fan and especially loves to watch football.  She also enjoys spending time on her ranch with her fiancé Jeff along with their two horses, Roani and Cadillac, and their two Vizslas, Riley and Reagan.

Mary Ellen Reilly

Partner

Education:

University of Arizona, B.A.
University of Arizona College of Law, cum laude

Licenses: 

Arizona State Court
United States District Court, District of Arizona
California State Court
New Mexico State Court
United States District Court, District of New Mexico
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

MARY ELLEN REILLY

Mary Ellen Reilly began her career as a member of the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving as a military prosecutor at both Fort Ord, California and in the 1st Infantry Division in Goeppingen, Germany.  She was a trial lawyer specializing in working with crime victims.

 

Mary Ellen’s experience as a prosecutor was invaluable when she began representing victims of elder abuse and neglect fifteen years ago with Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., a leading national law firm.  She is passionate about her work and treasures the opportunities she has had to represent so many members of “The Greatest Generation.”

 

Over the course of her career, Mary Ellen has practiced civil litigation pertaining to nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice and other aspects of tort law. Along with her partners, Melanie Bossie and Donna Oh, Mary Ellen opened Bossie, Reilly & Oh, P.C. in order to continue representing people who had been injured as the result of negligence or wrongdoing of others.  Mary Ellen is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

 

Mary Ellen grew up in Tucson and earned both her B.A. in History and J.D. from the University of Arizona.  She is an avid Wildcats fan and is active in the Tucson community.  She is a board member and secretary of the Veterans’ Heritage Project, a non-profit organization serving both veterans and students. When not practicing law, Mary Ellen enjoys exercising, dog-walking and spending time with her family.

Donna Oh

Partner

Education:

Lewis & Clark College 2000, B.A. Business and Psychology
Baylor Law School 2006, J.D.

Licenses: 

Arizona State Court
United States District Court, District of Arizona
New Mexico State Court
United States District Court, District of New Mexico
Minnesota State Court (inactive)
United State District Court, District of Minnesota
North Carolina State Court
Virginia State Court

Honors:

Super Lawyers named Donna Oh a Rising Star consecutively from 2014 – 2019

DONNA OH

Donna Oh brings nearly a decade of litigation experience in the specialty area of Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Neglect.  Donna’s drive to help the vulnerable population began far before law school; she started her career in the special education field working with challenged children. After obtaining her law degree and several years of experience in both plaintiff and defense law, Donna followed her passion and began holding nursing homes and hospitals accountable for harming vulnerable adults.

 

Donna understands the sadness and grief that victims experience when a loved one has been injured or killed by the very ones who were entrusted to help them get well.  Often there are also feelings of anger and betrayal toward the facility and staff, or feelings of guilt and responsibility for not recognizing poor care.  Donna knows she cannot take away these feelings, but she can help them get a sense of closure.

 

Donna recognizes that most vulnerable adults and their family members have never dealt with abuse or neglect, and need someone to help them navigate the situation and ensure their voices are heard. Donna emotionally connects with her clients and offers strength, compassion, and experience in seeking justice for the neglect and mistreatment committed by nursing homes and hospitals. Over the years, Donna has helped hundreds of vulnerable adults and their families successfully hold nursing homes and hospitals accountable for their actions.

 

When not practicing law, Donna enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Ally and Fiona.