Melanie practices in the areas of workers’ compensation and public employee retirement law. She has been committed to advocating for injured workers since 2000, when she began her career at Jones Clifford, LLP. She is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers’ compensation law and is a member of the California Applicants’ Attorney Association. Melanie volunteers as a staff attorney with Legal Aid At Work (formerly known as Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center) and lectures regarding workers’ compensation and disability retirement law.

Melanie received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, where she graduated with honors in 2001. She obtained her juris doctor from the University of San Francisco in 2007 and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year. While at USF, Melanie was an active member of the Labor and Employment Law Student Association and served as a technical editor of the Maritime Law Journal.

As the daughter and granddaughter of retired San Francisco firefighters, Melanie is especially sympathetic to the needs of safety officers. She lives in San Francisco with her two children.