Melanie J. Whittamore-Mantzios


Melanie has over 30 years of courtroom and appellate experience. She has successfully prosecuted and defended professional licensure claims, employment, civil rights and personal injury claims through arbitration, hearing, trial and on appeal. She is also experienced in premises liability and construction defect cases. She has served as an arbitrator and hearing officer in employment and environmental cases.

She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in Political Science in 1985 and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1988. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General for 15 years in the areas of prosecuting licensed health professionals, civil rights defense, personal injury defense,employment discrimination defense and criminal appeals. Melanie joined Wolfe Snowden in September 2003 and became a partner in January of 2009


  • American Board of Trial Advocacy – President, Nebraska Chapter, 2017
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Lincoln Bar Association – Former Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
    • Labor Relations and Employment Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • Federal Practice Committee Member – 2010 Chairperson
  • Alumni Member – Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court
  • Bar Association Health Consortium – President


  • Rotary Club 14 – Past President 2014-15
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln and Lancaster County – Former Board Member
  • Teammate Mentor

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Transportation Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation


  • 1985 – Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • 1988 – Juris Doctor, University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law


  • State of Nebraska
  • United States District Court, District of Nebraska
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Melanie J. Whittamore-Mantzios