Mellissa Gallegos represents and advises California school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education in all education and employment law matters, including employee evaluation, discipline and dismissal, reasonable accommodation, interactive meetings, and restraining orders. She also assists with California Public Records Act responses; collective bargaining issues; and defending employers against allegations of discrimination with the Civil Rights Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Gallegos’ state-wide practice also includes conducting prompt and effective investigations, including complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including Uniform Complaints, Office of Civil Rights, Title 5, and Title IX investigations for both K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. She also serves as a hearing officer for Title IX hearings.

Ms. Gallegos is the Co-Chair of the AALRR’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She regularly presents at conferences for state-wide educational organizations, including the California School Board Association (CSBA), the California Latino School Boards Association (CLSBA), the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers/Equal Employment Officers (ACHRO/EEO), and the Community Colleague League of California (CCLC).

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Gallegos has co-presented on topics such as sexual harassment, mandated reporting, and workplace investigations. She has spoken before an audience of over 400 staff and administrators at a district-wide meeting and has presented at ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Personnel Academy.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Member


J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles


  • 2015, California
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Ms. Gallegos is proficient in Spanish.
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