Melinda Bothe

Melinda Bothe


Melinda is an associate in the Investigations and Litigation group, in which her cross-border practice focuses on complex investigations, corporate criminal defense and corporate compliance.

She represents financial institutions, global corporations, and individual clients involved in anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and other regulatory investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulators. Melinda also regularly supports clients through complex internal investigations and advises on corporate compliance and risk management. She maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on criminal defense.

Melinda earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law, where she interned with the Special Litigation Unit of the World Bank Group with a focus on fraud and corruption investigations. Melinda was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Comparative & International Law, a member of the Mock Trial Board, and a semi-finalist in the Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Tournament. Before law school, Melinda served for three years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania.



Admitted: Bar of District of Columbia on November 3, 2017

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2017


LL.M. Duke University, 2016

J.D. Duke University, 2016

B.S., summa cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 2010

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.