Melanie Huffines


Melanie Huffines

Melanie Huffines


​Phone: 910-836-0428


Wilmington, North Carolina by appointment

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Attorney Melanie Huffines brings a passion for advocacy and advising clients toward the best possible resolution of disputes. She has defended individuals and corporations, domestic and international, facing federal and state criminal investigations, maritime personal injury and negligence claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law, salvage claims, and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act actions. She has experience advising clients on information privacy, federal and state regulatory compliance, contractor disputes, and maritime first-party insurance coverage issues including bad faith and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Attorney Huffines also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte International Arbitration Society.

Before joining Farrell Smith O’Connell Aarsheim Aprans, Attorney Huffines worked as an associate at a distinguished North Carolina defense firm where she cultivated wide-ranging experience and knowledge of maritime issues. While in law school, she clerked with the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Toshiba, was a member of Campbell Law’s National Moot Court Team, an editor on the Campbell Law Review, received two writing awards in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, was inducted into the Order of Old Kivett, and graduated magna cum laude.

A North Carolina native, Attorney Huffines also enjoys spending time with friends and family, boating, camping, hiking, reading, and spoiling her two cats, Mr. T and Othello.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction


  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (JD, magna cum laude, 2019)
  • Wake Forest University (BA 2011)

Professional Affiliations & Bar Associations

  • Vice-Chair, Charlotte International Arbitration Society


  • Author, Insufficient Evidence: When Wake Was Not Negligent, Bitter End Bulletin, Maritime Law Association Committee on Marine Torts and Casualties, October 2023
  • Co-author, Discovering the Widening U.S. Circuit Split on Discovery Orders from ‘Foreign and International Tribunals’ under U.S.C. § 1782, International Association of Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 88 No. 3

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