By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
When people talk about their first job, it tends to be something menial and relatively unchallenging. But Brett Mellor can say his first full-time job was as an associate attorney at an international law firm.
Mellor is a new associate patent attorney who joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Denver office this fall after completing its summer associate program. His accomplishments belie his 29 years of age. His berth in the legal field comes after he earned not only his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law but also his doctorate degree in electrical engineering at Brigham Young University. In fact, dating back to when his mother entered him into preschool as a 2-year-old, Mellor has been in school nearly nonstop.
“I’ve been preparing for this job for 27 years,” Mellor said.
Mellor has made intellectual rigor a lifestyle from an early age, and in high school he made a point of always taking the hardest courses available to him. When deciding on a major at BYU, he asked his academic counselor which program was the most difficult. Electrical engineering, he was told — and thenceforth he pursued and electrical engineering degree.