Mr. Mellor attended Western State University, (San Diego, CA), Bachelor of Arts; Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, CA), Juris Doctor Degree, admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. Mediation training through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law (Malibu, CA). Admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern & Northern divisions in 1989. Also admitted to the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1989. Mr. Mellor also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Diego County Superior Court.
Trial Attorney, CNA Insurance Company 1989 – 1996, emphasizing defense of construction liability, automobile liability, premises liability, and products liability; Trial Attorney, Private practice 1996 – 2015, emphasizing litigation in Business Law, Insurance Disputes, Construction Defect, Fire Loss, Securities Fraud and Personal Injury claims. Experience advising corporations as General Counsel. 2003-2004, Panel counsel, Continental Casualty Insurance Company of North Carolina;
Served as a Justice in the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; registered as an Arbitrator in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, San Diego, San Francisco & Contra Costa Courts. Mediation experience in the Marin, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sonoma Courts. Judge Pro tem San Diego Superior Court; Judge Pro-Tem, Marin County Superior Court; Officer of the State Bar Court serving as a Probation Monitor for disciplined attorneys. Retained expert on corporate related fraud matters in Federal Court, Southern District. Member of the San Diego, Los Angeles, Sonoma & Marin County Bar Associations, American Bar Association (ABA). Past President of Business Networks International (BNI). Past member of Defense Research Institute (DRI). Past Chairman, Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB).