White Wiggins & Barnes, LLP



Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning and Probates
  • Business Contracts
  • Complaince


  • State Bar of Texas
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas


J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, Oklahoma
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, Texas 




Of counsel

Martha Melaku is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Dallas office. Her primary areas of practice include Real Estate, Compliance, Estate Planning and Business contracts.

Prior to joining White Wiggins & Barns, LLP, Martha worked as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) specializing in residential and small business loans. She also worked in the field of energy and natural resource law specializing in oil and gas transactions in the Barnett Shale Gas Fields. Martha worked for Bank of America ensuring regulatory compliance (RESPA, FCRA, UDAAP, etc.) for residential mortgages. She also directed all aspects of complaint handling and risk management for deposit accounts, credit cards, and mortgage servicing. She also served as a subject matter expert for executive leadership on bankruptcy handling, foreclosure, CFPB and OCC regulations, and FHFA compliance. Most recently, Martha was the managing partner of Melaku and Williams Law PLLC where she handled commercial and residential real estate transaction, contracts, and business organization. Additionally, she provided BAS/AML, FCRA, UDAAP, FDCPA, TCPA and ECOA compliance advice and analysis for a top four U.S. bank and an auto finance company. Martha served as an Affiliate Professor at the University of North Texas Dallas, College of law. 


Dallas Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Texas State Bar Real Estate and Probate Section 

Texas Women Lawyers Association

President of the Estates of Shiloh Ridge HOA

Vice Chair of the City of Garland’s Property Standards Board

Garland Civic Theater - Board of Directors

Vice Chair of the City of Garland Community Multicultural Commission,

Chair of the City of Garland’s Communication, Learning & Education Committee (CLUE)  

Business Development Editor -- American Indian Law Review 

Robert J. Turner Inn of Court -- Member

Phi Delta Phi -- Member