Melanie Vartabedian  is one of this year’s Forty Under 40. She was introduced to the law profession as a young girl as her father was a judge.

“I enjoy working with people—both within my law firm, with other lawyers, and with my clients—to figure out how to solve complex problems,” she says. “This often entails thinking outside of the box to come to the best resolution for the client.”

Vartabedian is an active leader of Ballard Women, where she leads events geared toward professional development for women in the firm. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Council, helping organize diversity events and weighing in on important issues of diversity and inclusion in the firm.

“Serving as a mentor is one of my favorite things to do,” she says. “It is a mutually beneficial relationship—I feel that I get as much out of it as do my mentees.”

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