Melody McDonald Lanier

Media Relations Director

Melody McDonald LanierMelody McDonald Lanier is the Media Relations Director at Varghese Summersett PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, Melody was a well-known journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Tarrant County Courthouse was among her beats and many of her 3,000-plus articles covered breaking news at the courthouse. During her 12 years at the Star-Telegram, Melody appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court TV and other national television programs.

Melody covered numerous national stories, including the American Sniper trial and the escape of the Texas Seven. Melody also previously worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune. She also served as the first Public Information Officer for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office between 2011 and 2015.

Melody brings a unique skill set to Varghese Summersett. The firm’s attorneys are called upon to represent and consult with well-known politicians, celebrities, and other high-profile clients. Melody’s experience and media relationships help ensure the defense narrative is provided to the right media outlets at the right time. Melody gives the attorneys at Varghese Summersett unparalleled access to reporters across the country.

Media Contact

Melody is also the primary point of contact for the firm when the media needs a quote, interview, or comment about current events. If you are a member of the media, you can contact Melody by email at [email protected], at the office (817) 203-2220, or on her cell phone (817) 821-3935.

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Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
Benson Varghese