Melisa McKellar advises and represents employers throughout California in various aspects of labor and employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, discipline and termination, wage and hour, sick leave, breach of contract, and workplace investigations. Ms. McKellar represents her clients in state and federal court, arbitration, mediation, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Civil Rights Department, and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.

Ms. McKellar earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was Vice-Chair of National Teams, for the Appellate Moot Court Board and a member of the Appellate Moot Court Executive and Associate Boards, and a National Team Member.

Ms. McKellar is also a lecturer at the University of San Diego, School of Law, where she teaches appellate advocacy.

Honors & Recognitions

Order of the Barristers, 2012 Recipient
Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019, 2020, 2021

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

Southern District of California, Pro Bono Panel
San Diego County Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocacy, Trial College Graduate Fellow, 2014


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
B.A., San Diego State University


  • 2012, California
    Superior Court of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
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