Passion for public service led me to a career in the Orange County District Attorney's Office where I served as a prosecutor for 16 years. During that time, I completed over 100 criminal trials (36 juvenile, 33 misdemeanor, 33 felony) and hundreds of preliminary hearings. I was assigned to Juvenile Court for a year and a half early in my career. I felt very strongly about my responsibility, even as a prosecutor, to do what was in the best interest of the child.
After felony panel, I was assigned to vertically prosecute felony domestic violence cases. I also specialized in legal research and writing for several years. I researched, wrote, and argued over 250 felony motions, and I argued before the Court of Appeal. I also developed and conducted training for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, various police agencies, colleges, and law schools. The topics of these trainings included Section 1538.5 Motions, Fingerprinting at Preliminary Hearings, Driving Under the Influence Arrests, Domestic Violence Prosecution, and No Contest Pleas.
For outstanding service to victims and witnesses of domestic violence, I was awarded the "Courts Community Service Award" by Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc. I was also recognized as a "Diligent Prosecutor" by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
I taught as an adjunct professor at Western State School of Law in 2004 and 2005, teaching one class on research and writing, and two classes on domestic violence.
In 2009, I earned my L.L.M. in Prosecutorial Science, at Chapman University School of Law. My studies included Advanced Professional Responsibility, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Advanced Evidence, Criminal Law and Psychology, Handling the Homicide Case, and Jursidprudence. As part of the Directed Research program, I researched and authored a legal article on the asportation element of kidnapping which was published in the California State Bar Journal in 2011.
In 2010, I left the District Attorney's office and formed a partnership where I could focus on children's law. We specialize in education law, adoptions, assisted reproduction law, and criminal defense of adults and juveniles.
Licensed since 1994
Hourly ($350-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (5%)
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I endorse this lawyer. Meldie and I worked together on an education matter that involved significant legal and political issues. Meldie is a work horse and will do whatever it takes to zealously represent her client. I was able to reach Meldie at all hours including weekends which was critical to the pressure and timing of getting our issue in front of the local government body. She knows how to advocate for her client while bringing practical skills to the table. She is such a pleasure to team with!
Todd Spitzer Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Community Service Award - Prosecutor||Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc.||2006|
|Diligent Prosecutor||Mothers Against Drunk Driving||1998|
|Appointed Counsel Panel Member||Appellate Defenders, Inc.||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Gurwitz Moore, LLP.||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Chapman Law School||2002 - 2003|
|Deputy District Attorney||Orange County & District Attorney's Office||1994 - 2010|
|Intern Clerk to Justice Armand Arabian||California Supreme Court||1993 - 1993|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Women Lawyers Association||member||2010 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||member||1994 - Present|
|California District Attorneys Association||Chairperson, Crime Charging Committee 2003||1994 - 2010|
|Orange County Deputy District Attorneys||President, Vice-President, member||1994 - 2010|
|California Bar Criminal Law Journal||Going the Distance: The Asportation Requirement for Simple and Aggravated Kidnapping in California||2011|
|Chapman University School of Law||Prosecutorial Science||LL.M - Master of Laws||2009|
|Pepperdine Univ SOL||Law||law||1994|
|Franklin & Marshall||English||undergraduate||1990|
|Womens' Speaker's Bureau||Domestic Violence||2003|