Melody Shekari is a lawyer, community advocate, and proud daughter of immigrants. Though raised in Chattanooga, Melody studied and earned degrees from leading universities around the country. After completing her education, Melody returned home to Chattanooga to serve her community. She has run for political office and is active in a number of local initiatives because she believes in helping others, supporting the community, and solving problems.

Melody’s current work and volunteer priorities include criminal justice reform, support for public education, job creation and workforce development, and immigrant rights. The majority of her legal practice is in criminal defense and contract civil matters. 

She has served on a number of boards including the New Leaders Council Nashville and the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee and is currently on the board of the Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and ACLU of Tennessee & ACLU of Tennessee Foundation. Melody is also interested in learning languages, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She is a Certified Scuba diver and volunteers regularly at the Tennessee Aquarium.Throughout her life, Melody has always been focused on helping others and solving problems. Whether she’s advising women who are running for office to represent our interests, participating in legal clinics to inform immigrants of their legal rights, or working with community partners to support important causes, Melody believes in working hard and getting things done.


  • California, 2015
  • Tennessee, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2019


  • J.D., University of Southern California, 2014
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Washington, 2011
  • B.S., Economics, Bentley University, 2009