Melissa “Mimi” Petro

Practice Areas:
• Business Law
• Real Estate Law
• Intellectual Property
• Charitable Organization
• Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, & Probate

Assistant:  Kelly Meyer

Tucson: 520.623.4353


Practice Focus & Experience

AV Rated 2012 by Martindale HubbleMelissa Petro, or “Mimi” as she is commonly known, practices in the areas of business transactions, real estate purchase and sales, leasing, and development, and estate planning.  Mimi represents individuals and organizations in connection with the formation and operation of their businesses, leasing, employment, financing, and general business matters.

Representative Matters

  • Forming limited liability companies and for profit and non-profit corporations
  • Real estate acquisitions and development
  • Business purchase and sales transactions
  • On-going business consulting including contract drafting and employment matters
  • Financing (real estate and business)
  • Intellectual property rights, licensing, and related agreements
  • Commercial and residential leasing
  • Estate planning and probate
  • Loan modifications, restructuring, and enforcement

Education & Experience

  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif(top 8%), magna cum laude, 2003)
  • Arizona Journal of International Comparative Law, Note and Comment Editor (2001-2003)
  • Northern Arizona University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995)

Court Admissions/Memberships

  • Arizona State Courts
  • US District Court of Arizona
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Pima County Bar Association


  • Forming and Operating Your Business – A Step-By-Step Approach, Microbusiness Advancement Center
  • Starting and Running a Non-Profit, SCORE Southern Arizona
  • The New Arizona Entity Restructuring Act, The Writ, January 2015 (Co-Author)
  • Employment Law:2015 Comprehensive Guide, National Business Institute (Co-Presenter)
  • Starting, Expanding, or Closing Your Law Firm-What You Need to Know, Pima County Bar (Co-Presenter)
  • Starting and Running a Business, United States Veterans Business Conference (Presenter)
  • End of Life Planning – Making Your Wishes Known Legally, DIRECT Center for Independence (Presenter)

Community Involvement

  • SCORE Southern Arizona, Lecturer
  • Pima County Library-Idea Space, Lecturer
  • Volunteer Lecturer thoughout Arizona on Business Matters and Estate Planning
  • Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, Board member
  • Legal Community Against Hunger, Steering Committee
  • Microbusiness Advancement Center, Lecturer
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Inc., Risk Management Committee