Mark I. Melo

Special Counsel

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Mark Melo

Mark Melo is Special Counsel in Bradley & Gmelich’s Law and Motion Department, with particular emphasis in premises liability, products liability, general civil litigation, and business litigation matters. Mark coordinates pre-trial motions for our trial teams and has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeals. Mark also trains and mentors law clerks employed by the Firm.

Practice Areas

  • Law & Motion
  • Premises Liability
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Business & Contract Litigation
  • Public Entity Defense
  • Appeals

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Arcadia Stage (public high school theatre company), Lead Parent Volunteer, 2018 – Present
  • Monrovia Days Annual Carnival, Volunteer, 2018 – Present
  • Centre Stage, Inc. (non-profit youth theatre company), Volunteer, 2016 – Present
  • Legal Voices Chorus, Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, 2009 – Present

Speaking Engagements

  • “Motions for Summary Judgment: Replying to Oppositions and Preparing Oral Argument,” MCLE, January 2016
  • “Have Fun Storming the Castle: Winning Discovery Disputes,” MCLE, May 2014
  • “The Crayola Network: Social Media Concerns for Educators,” School District Employee Seminar, January 2011
  • “Winning a SLAPP Bet: Recognizing and Responding to SLAPP Suits,” MCLE, January 2010

Published Opinions

  • Lundy v. Ford Motor Company (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th472

The California Court of Appeal held that jury instruction which provided an improper definition of “substantial” impairment under the California Lemon Law was a reversible error.

Publications and Press

  • “Witnesses Can Testify at Trial If the Other Party Never Asked About Them in Discovery,” Legal Update, February 2016
  • “Court of Appeal Confirms that Evidence of Full Amounts Originally Billed for Discounted Medical Care Is Not Admissible at Trial,” Legal Update, July 2013
  • “Court of Appeal Affirms Summary Adjudication and Jury Verdict in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Case,” Legal Update, March 2015

Awards/Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1994, magna cum laude

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of California, December 1997
  • United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California

Hobbies

  • Musical theatre
  • Singing / choral music
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Transportation and logistics services for his very active teenage children