Area of Practice & Background

Marissa practices in the areas of civil litigation, construction law and employment law. She promotes a client-centered approach to litigation, which involves transparency, effective communication, creative problem-solving and zealous advocacy.

Prior to joining Sutherland Law, Marissa completed her articles at a full service, mid-sized law firm. She obtained Canadian and American law degrees from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively.

During her time in law school, Marissa gained valuable legal experience working at a Fortune 500 company, a large healthcare corporation, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan House of Representatives. During her time at Michigan State University College of Law, Marissa was a teaching assistant for two legal drafting courses and volunteered with the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and the Center for Human Rights of Women and Children. Marissa also won several awards including the Jurisprudence Award in Advocacy, First Place in the Donald Nystrom Best Brief Competition and First Place Brief in the Moot Court Competition Course. Marissa competed in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the United States, in which she received a Top 5 Brief Award and her team was named Regional Champion and advanced to the National Finals.

In her spare time, Marissa enjoys travelling, skiing, snowboarding, spending time with her two dogs, and watching horror movies.