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Melissa Bade


Melissa Bade graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She then obtained a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from University of Arkansas School of Law in 2011. During law school, she served as the President of the Student Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Advocates and the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. She also worked as a law clerk for a private firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as a summer associate for Neale & Newman.

Ms. Bade joined Neale & Newman upon graduation in 2011. Her focus is litigation with practice areas including banking and finance law, business and commercial law, construction law, divorce and family law, personal injury, and real estate law.


  • University of Arkansas, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, J.D., cum laude, 2011
    Dean’s List
  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, B.A., Communication, summa cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2011

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

  • The Missouri Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Springfield Business Journal's Most Influential Women, 2019

  • Springfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2017

  • Springfield Business Journal’s Most Trusted Adviser, Up and Comer, 2015

  • 417 Magazine’s 20 Under 30, 2014

Civic Involvement

  • Junior League of Springfield

  • Dynamic Strides Therapy Volunteer Board

  • Parish Council for Immaculate Conception Church

  • Springfield Catholic Schools, Alumni Board

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