Melanie Balestra | NP, Esq.

Melanie is the only practicing clinical nurse practitioner practicing law before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
She is the 2017 President of The American Assocation of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA). Melanie’s law practice
focuses on the legal and business aspects that affect physicians, physician assistants, nurse 
practitioners, nurses, and other health care providers as well as representing them before their
respective Boards. She also advises health care providers on the legal aspects of starting their own
practice. Melanie has assisted over 200 physicians, physician assistants, nurses has assisted over
200 physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners in setting up a practice in
various specialty areas including aesthetics throughout the United States and has presented
workshops on this subject. She is counsel of record for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners
Melanie has served in many capacities during her successful careers as a nurse
practitioner and an attorney, a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.
§  Intercollegiate School of Nursing | Assistant Professor of Nursing
§  UCLA Department of Pediatrics | Pediatric Instructor
§  University of South Florida Medical School | Pediatric Instructor; Assistant Professor of Nursing
§  Hillsborough County Health Department | Consultant and Pediatric NP
§  California State University, School of Nursing | Pediatric Instructor; Assistant Professor of Nursing
§  Montana State University, School of Nursing | Assistant Professor of Nursing
§  Boston Children’s Medical Center, School of Nursing | Pediatric Instructor
§  Los Angeles County/U.S.C. Medical Center | Assistant Head Nurse; Pediatrics
§  The American Association of Nurse Attorneys | Secretary, Treasurer; Board of Directors
§  The Journal of Nursing Law | Editor of Disciplinary Section
§  Na’an Kuse Lifeline Clinic in the bush in Namibia | Practicing Nurse Practitioner
§  American College of Nurse Practitioners | elected past President and past Vice President
§  Royal Kids Camps | Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
§  California Association for Nurse Practitioners | Conference Chairperson
§  California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners | elected past President and past Vice President
§  NAPNAP | Legislative Chair of Orange County
§  Nurses Services Organization | Board Member
Melanie has lectured and continues to lecture on topics of disciplinary and legal issues affecting nurses and nurse  practitioners at the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses; California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Non-Physician Practitioners,  The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Esthetic Institute, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) both Regional and National, California Association of Nurse Practitioner Conferences, Kaiser Foundation conferences, Michigan Association of Nurse Practitioner Conference and University at Sea.  She has published articles in the Nurse Practitioner World News Advance Practice for Nurse Practitioners, Medscape, The Clinical Letter for Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Research, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing,  Nursing Spectrum, NSO Risk Advisor, HPSO Risk Advisor.