Melissa Harkcom joined Fitzgerald & Law in 2010 to launch its San Francisco office where she is now based. During the past seven years, Melissa has helped hundreds of North American companies successfully expand from the US and Canada into the UK, EMEA, APAC and LATAM. With a background in law and a deep understanding of fast growing company’s needs, Melissa focuses on providing effective and straightforward assistance to companies looking to globalize their businesses.
Both a Californian and a Brit, Melissa’s cultural experience, and her personal journey living in both locations, enable her to “translate” the differences between North America and the UK.
Melissa trained and qualified with global law firm, Eversheds and spent time in-house with Orange Personal Communications (acquired by EE) - primarily on high value procurement projects. She then spent four years working at Osborne Clarke including 2 years working in their Silicon Valley Office providing advice to gaming, media, SaaS and communications companies. She went on to become Head of Legal Services for Opal Telecom the B2B division of FTSE 200 TalkTalk Group.
Now settled in San Francisco, Melissa is on the board of the British American Business Council (Northern California), is a supporter of the SF Giants and is involved in many initiatives within the Bay Area community including Raphael House homeless charity.
Melissa has been widely recognized for her strong business and government connections and inside knowledge of the ways of doing business internationally.