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Melissa Kerry Dagodag

Melissa Kerry Dagodag

Practice areas:

Corporate & Incorporation, Contracts & Agreements, Trademark Application, Intellectual Property, Entertainment

About Me

Melissa K. Dagodag is a native of California and attended
Stanford University, where she earned both her Master's and Bachelor's degrees
in English.  After graduating from
Stanford University, she owned and operated her own product design and
manufacturing business for several years.   At her company she designed and manufactured
innovative home accessories, including candles, clocks and picture frames.  From this business she gained valuable
hands-on experience that continues to enhance her skills as a business
attorney. She decided to attend law school after feeling the frustration of
seeing her designs and other tangible representations of her ideas stolen by

Throughout attending the UCLA School of Law, she retained
her ideals of protecting creative embodiments of work, for herself and her
creative friends and colleagues. 
After graduating from the UCLA School of Law, she gained a great deal of
helpful work experience at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm, in-house as Vice
President of a small music publishing company and in-house as Business Affairs
Counsel at a prominent fashion company.

Tired of not being able to give her clients the kind of
personal and immediate attention that they deserved, she decided to open her
own law office in 2006. To this day, she endeavors to adhere to the ideals that
brought her to the practice of law in the first place: helping to protect the
work of creative and entrepreneurial people.  Having many fellow creative friends, from abstract painters
to recording artists, Melissa continues to live by her mission statement: to
provide high quality legal services to fellow creative and entrepreneurial
individuals at a competitive price. Outside the office Melissa has been a poet
since the age of five, and she also paints on canvas. She enjoys playing
tennis, practicing yoga, taking photos of her scuba-diving adventures and
writing and performing her own poetry.


Melissa is a member of the California State Bar Association,
the Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles, the Stanford Independent
Consultants’ Network, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club
of Santa Monica.  Further, she volunteers her time as a Board Member of Meals on Wheels West.



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 40%
    15 years
  2. Trademark Application: 20%
    15 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    15 years
  4. Entertainment: 10%
    15 years
  5. Intellectual Property: 10%
    15 years



Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Brad Michael Micklin

    Melissa Kerry Dagodag is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients as well as her level of experience. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly.


    Brad Micklin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Raymond George Wigell

    Attorney Dagodag's responses to the inquires are testament to her concern for clients, legal knowledge and experience. I endorse this lawyer.


    Raymond Wigell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Melissa K. Dagodag

468 North Camden Drive, 2nd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Completion Advanced Mediation TrainingLos Angeles County Bar Association2010
Certificate of RecognitionMeals on Wheels West2009
Superb Rating by ClientsAvvo2009
Superb Rating by PeersAvvo2009
Certificate of Completion Basic Mediation TrainingLos Angeles County Bar Association2009
Paul Harris FellowThe Rotary Foundation of Rotary International2009
Presidents AwardSanta Monica Rotary Club2008
Humanities Golden GrantStanford University1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and OwnerLaw Offices of Melissa K. Dagodag2006 - Present
Business Affairs CounselBCBG Max Azaria2004 - 2005
Associate AttorneyKlinedinst PC2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
City of Santa MonicaCommissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women2012 - Present
ProvisorsMember2009 - Present
LA County Bar Assoc Dispute Resolution ServicesVolunteer Mediator2009 - Present
Bruin ProfessionalsMember2009 - Present
Dispute Resolution ServicesVolunteer Mediator2009 - Present
Intellectual Property Section CA State BarMember2008 - Present
Santa Monica Rotary ClubBoard Member2008 - 2009
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Meals on Wheels WestBoard Member2007 - Present
California Lawyers for the ArtsAttorney Panel Member2006 - Present
Santa Monica Commission on the Status of WomenCommissioner2006 - 2009
Santa Monica Rotary ClubMember2006 - Present
Product Development and Management AssociationBoard Member2005 - 2007
California Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Shoe Company SaleSuccessful sale to large U.S. corporation
Settlement of Production Company Trademark DisputeSettlement of Trademark Dispute
Small Record Company FormationSuccessfully Formed Small Record Company

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Publication NameTitleDate
Music Law 101Music Law 1012008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UCLA School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Stanford UniversityEnglishMA - Masters1991
Stanford UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Business of PhotographyCopyright Issues for Photographers2010
USC Marshall School of BusinessIntellectual Property for Startups2009
Intellectual Property for Product DevelopersTrademark and Copyright Issues before You Launch2009
USC Marshall School of BusinessIntellectual Property Issues for New Businesses2008
USC Marshall School of BusinessIntellectual Property Issues for Startups2008
Speaker UCLA School of the Performing ArtsProtecting Intellectual Property2008
California Lawyers for the Arts LectureMusic Law 1012008
Women and Professional CareersBecoming a Lawyer2007
Santa Monica College: EntrepreneurialismBusiness Formation and Intellectual Property2007
Rotaract Club Santa Monica CollegeCareers in the Legal Profession2007
Organizing Experts Training ConferenceLegal Issues in Launching Your Business2007
California Lawyers for the ArtsFashion Law 1012007
California Lawyers for the ArtsMusic Law in the Digital Age2006