Louise S. Meller
Louise Meller was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived until she was ten. Her family then moved to Tokyo, Japan where she lived for seven years, and attended the American School in Japan, from which she graduated. She returned to the United States to attend Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, completing a five year program combining academic study and work quarters in four years with a B.A. in political science. Following graduation, she and her college roommate embarked on what became a six month long road trip across the United States and Canada (and back). After briefly settling back in New York City, Louise moved to Washington, D.C. to work for a political consulting firm. After spending three years living in Bethesda, Maryland, she moved briefly to Philadelphia where she attended the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia in the days when it was the only paralegal program in the country.
Upon completing the program, she returned to New York where she became one of the first litigation paralegals for the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson. Quickly realizing that she was at least as smart as the young lawyers she worked with, she enrolled at Fordham Law School, graduating in 1977. After spending several years in private practice, Louise moved to the corporate world as litigation counsel for what was then Credit Alliance Corp. and Leasing Service Corp., a middle market lender specializing in equipment leasing and financing. When the company (by then known as ORIX Financial Services, Inc.) moved its headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Kennesaw, Georgia, she moved with it, as a Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel. She remained with the company until her retirement. In 2007 she became of counsel to Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP where she does research and writing, assists in preparing cases for trial, and tries cases with her husband, Jay Lukowski.
In addition to her work with the firm, Louise donates sweat equity to her alma mater, Antioch, by participating in various alumni work projects. Most recently, she helped repaint the Amphitheater.
She and Jay are the proud parents of two grown daughters. They have recently adopted a rescue puppy, Belle, who frequently comes to the office to supervise.