Melissa Gillespie
Adjunct Professor of Law

Animal Law
Melissa Gillespie has her own law practice which is devoted to international taxation including estate and global wealth planning for high net worth, non-resident individuals; non-U.S. individuals working in the U.S., and U.S. citizens working abroad. The past several years she has working extensively counseling and representing clients making voluntary disclosures to the IRS. Before practicing as an attorney, she worked as a certified public accountant for twelve years. During her career, she has worked McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, Arthur Andersen, the Goldman Sachs Family Office, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom practicing in the field of both U.S. and international taxation. she is a member of the AICPA, the American Bar Association, and the New York State, New York City and Suffolk County Bar Associations. She is admitted to practice in New York and the Law Society of England and Wales. She has her Masters of Science in Taxation and is also a certified public accountant.
She currently serves as Chair of the Digital Assets Committee of the NYSSCPA and has served as past chair of the International Tax Committee of the NYSSCPA and she also served on both the Tax Division Oversight Committee and the Virtual Currency Task force, both of the NYSSCPA; she is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP) as well as other professional organizations.
Ms. Gillespie lectures frequently and has authored various articles on international issues. She has recently authored “Foreign Bank Account Reporting Compliance Guide” and the “Foreign Bank Account Reporting Compliance Guide (with FATCA coverage) both published by CCH.
Ms. Gillespie is Executive Director of Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society, Inc for the past 10 years. She also currently serves a Chair of the SCBA Animal Law Committee. She lectures frequently on various animal law and animal welfare related issues; she has guest lectured at the animal law class at Hofstra University on several occasions.

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