Melinda Oliver focuses her practice on civil litigation, including governmental entities and healthcare services defense. Melinda also assists in general governance matters, such as licensure and permitting procedures and acquisition.

Before joining Hinshaw, Melinda was a summer associate with the firm and co-authored a chapter for the American Health Lawyers Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Entities, Fourth Edition. During law school, she served as president of DePaul University College of Law’s Black Law Student Association.

Honors & Awards

  • DePaul University College of Law
    • Dean’s Scholar
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Recipient of the Katherine Wiseman Leadership Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Midwest Moot Court Competition
    • First Place Overall
    • Best Oral Advocate
    • Best Petitioner’s Brief


  • Co-Presenter, "’Same Love’ by Macklemore Ten Years of Marriage Equality in Illinois," Hinshaw University, CLE Webinar, May 23, 2024


  • Co-Author, Chapter 21, "Environmental Risk Management," Enterprise Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Entities Fourth Edition, American Health Lawyers Association, 2024


Melinda is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. Before law school, she helped found The Collective St. Louis, a non-profit, donation-based yoga studio in St. Louis, Missouri.

Community/Civic Activities

Melinda is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women.



J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2023

B.A., English Language and Literature/Letters, University of Missouri at Columbia, 2018