DAVID MELTON JR.
Family Law, General / Civil Law, Insurance Claims
Growing up in Highland Park, David Melton Jr. looked for inspiration as a youth. He played football and basketball at Highland Park Community High School, and during those summers, attended a free, three-day football clinic run by Reggie McKenzie, a Highland Park native who played football at the University of Michigan before going on to play 13 seasons in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.
Melton was moved by McKenzie’s selflessness and ability to give back to the community. “He would bring in other NFL players to serve as coaches in the clinic,” Melton recalled. “It was one of my fondest memories growing up and meeting all these big-time pro football players. But it wasn’t just sports. He would also talk to us and always have something uplifting or motivating to say.”
That experience, he says, helped him grow, become a better competitor and better understand the gift of helping others. Those traits helped him become a top-notch lawyer. “There’s a correlation between athletics and the law,” he says. “You have to be able to perform at the top of your game as a lawyer and be competitive when going up against opposing counsel. It makes you mentally tough, which benefits the client.”
“I also felt becoming a lawyer was a great way to give back to the community and help people,” Melton said. His hard work ethic helped him get through undergrad at Wayne State University, where he earned a political science degree, and at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he graduated law school. He worked full time while attending college, first at a clothing store at Grand River and Six Mile Road in Detroit and then in a plant in Royal Oak that manufactured engine parts.
He says his hard work ethic was inspired by his grandfather who worked the assembly line at the General Motors Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant for some 30 years. “Getting up on a daily basis, going to work, providing for his family. That as just one of the things I always admired and looked up to.” In law school, he worked at the law library.
After graduating law school, and before becoming a general practitioner, he worked for the Misdemeanor Defenders Office helping indigent clients in cases in Detroit’s 36th District Court. “It was a great experience and a way to help people in need,” he said. Melton loves being a lawyer.
“I love being an advocate for my clients,” he says. “I provide them with the same legal representation I would give my own family.” He’s married and has three children 15, 9, 6. “I try to spend my free time with my wife and family, going to the park, things like that.” He also loves sports. “Basketball. Football. I’m a Lions fan. And a sports fan in general. I can watch any sports and enjoy it.”
Wayne State University, B.S. Political Science
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.