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About Me

I decided to become a lawyer because I love to help people. I realize
this would typically classify me as a "nerd" or an "outcast" in many
social circumstances, but it is perfect for me to hold these traits as a
lawyer. Often times the very content that drives my clients into fits
of anxiety is what I enjoy -- the details and interpretation of the law.
I have always been very detail-oriented, and I really enjoy the nuances
of the law. I am an artist -- a writer and a dancer -- so I can
naturally connect and easily communicate with my creative clients, and
also provide excellent legal services.

I have prepared and filed trademark applications for international
companies, as well as small businesses. I regularly communicate with the
Patent and Trademark Office, and I am quite comfortable with this area
of law. I am currently representing three authors with publishing
agreements, two sculptors in a variety of agreements, including gallery
agreements, and a number of new restaurateurs. I love when clients
present an opportunity to learn a different area of IP, and I invite you
to call for a free 15 minute initial phone consultation to see if I can
be of assistance.


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Practice Areas


  1. Contracts & Agreements: 35%
    11 years, 200 cases
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    15 years, 250 cases
  3. Entertainment: 20%
    11 years, 150 cases
  4. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 10%
  5. Advertising: 10%
    11 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($200-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Christopher John Bergstrom

    As a family law attorney I have occasion where clients may find themselves in a period of transition. This can mean beginning a new business venture or winding one down. In either case, I have complete confidence in referring clients to Melissa. Client and counsel will find Melissa to be both professional and thorough in her representation. However, perhaps most importantly, Melissa truly subscribes to the notion that the law is a service profession and accordingly will make sure her client's interest is of paramount concern. Those looking for thoughtful and effective counsel will be well served retaining Melissa Jaffe.


    Christopher Bergstrom Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I have known and worked with Melissa for 3 years. In that time I have come to recognize Melissa as an exceptional lawyer. In my opinion what sets Melissa apart from many other lawyers is that she not only understands the law but she understands people. On many occasions I have seen Melissa use her skills to help her clients achieve their goals. Melissa's firm grasp of the law and the importance of personal relationships in all aspects of business, politics, and life allows her to come-up with creative solutions to the various situations her clients find themselves in. In general, I refer most of my clients with Intellectual Property issues to Melissa because I know that they will find a caring and engaged lawyer who will work hard to achieve their goals.


    William Griffith Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

P.O. Box. 14161
Portland, OR, 97293

Law Office of Melissa B. Jaffe, LLC

1001 SE Water Avenue #320
Suite 320
Portland, OR, 97214




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Contract Attorneyadidas America2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Melissa Jaffe, LLC2008 - Present
AttorneyGeron Corporation2007 - 2008
AttorneyGenentech2006 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2008 - Present
Solo Practioners GroupN/A2008 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
American Bar Association GPSolo MagazineWomen Solo Practitioners2010
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawIntellectual Property and International LawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual MeetingSculptor's Guild of Oregon2009