Melissa R. Murray has almost 10 years of experience representing public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment practice. Her experience includes litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and labor arbitrators. She has experience in the field of education and school law, including special education, student discipline, labor relations and other personnel matters, and all other school-related matters.  Melissa has conducted investigations into serious employee misconduct and other abuses, and regularly advises clients on conducting their own investigations. She works closely with employers and educational institutions to develop policies and identify practical problem solving solutions.

Melissa also has considerable experience with police and fire interest arbitrations before the state’s Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC). She works closely with and advises clients on trends, identifying comparable communities, and provides compensation analysis to help clients make data driven decisions.

Melissa is President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys and was selected to the 2019 Rising Star List in the field of Schools and Education Law by Super Lawyers.


Suffolk University Law School, J.D.,cum laude, May 2010

  • Leo J. Wyman Memorial Fund Award (award presented by faculty)
  • The Martin Melia Jr. Award (award presented by graduating class)

Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, MBA, May 2010

  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society

College of the Holy Cross, A.B., History and Political Science, 2002

Bar Memberships

Massachusetts, 2010; Rhode Island, 2010; U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 2011

Professional Experience

Norris, Murray & Peloquin, LLC, 2018 to present

Partner in law firm specializing in representing employers in labor, employment and education law matters.

Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C., May 2008 – July 2018

Partner in law firm specializing in representing employers in labor, employment and education law matters.

Community Legal Services And Counseling Center, 2003 – 2006


Should Behavior Outside of School Factor into a Court’s Evaluation of Free Appropriate Public Education? 15 Suffolk J. Trial & App. Adv. 267 (2010)

Professional Organizations

Boston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys; Women’s Bar Association; Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys ; Rhode Island Bar Association.

Melissa R Murray

Melissa R. Murray, Esq.
315 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062

phone: (781) 762-2229
fax: (781) 762-1803

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