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Melissa Kerry Dagodag

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    40%
    Form corporations, LLCs, partnerships. Handle fictitious business name registration and obtaining "City Tax Registration Certificate" a/k/a getting clients' City Business licenses.

    24 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Draft, negotiate and review all kinds of business, entertainment and intellectual property contracts, including: productions agreements, non-disclosure agreements, Bylaws, Operating Agreements, employment agreements, trade secret agreements, Website terms and conditions, licenses, and more.

    24 years

  3. Trademark application
    20%
    Conduct trademark searches, search reviews and write opinion letters. Handle trademark application process, including responses to office actions.

    24 years

  4. Entertainment
    10%
    Draft production agreements. Handle talent and producers. Offer flat fees for package of production contracts for independent filmmakers. Represent digital animation companies, production companies, post-production companies and video game developers.

    24 years

  5. Intellectual property
    10%
    Register trademarks and copyrights. Draft licensing agreements, assignment agreements, trade secret agreements.

    24 years


Melissa K. Dagodag is a native of California and attendedStanford University, where she earned both her Master's and Bachelor's degreesin English.  After graduating fromStanford University, she owned and operated her own product design andmanufacturing business for several years.   At her company she designed and manufacturedinnovative home accessories, including candles, clocks and picture frames.  From this business she gained valuablehands-on experience that continues to enhance her skills as a businessattorney. She decided to attend law school after feeling the frustration ofseeing her designs and other tangible representations of her ideas stolen byothers.

Throughout attending the UCLA School of Law, she retainedher ideals of protecting creative embodiments of work, for herself and hercreative friends and colleagues. After graduating from the UCLA School of Law, she gained a great deal ofhelpful work experience at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm, in-house as VicePresident of a small music publishing company and in-house as Business AffairsCounsel at a prominent fashion company.

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

 

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

 

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Location

The Law Office of Melissa K. Dagodag
468 North Camden Drive, 2nd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

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Reviews

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Posted by Kris | February 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sales Contract
Melissa was very professional and dedicated to my case. She kept me up to date on any developments, very quickly. I needed assistance reviewing my sales contract. She helped me get a reasonable settlement, in a very short period of time. Thank you!
Response from Melissa Dagodag February 16, 2021
Thanks so much, Kris. It was my pleasure to handle your settlement for you.
Posted by John | July 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.
I very impressed with her knowledge and professional manner she conducted herself. She kept us informed throughout the process. I was pleased with my settlement. I would strongly recommend Melissa Dagodag.
Posted by Amy | June 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
I hired Mrs. Dagodag to seek justice for copyrighting infringement. She worked fast and was compassionate toward my situation. Thanks to her I walked away beyond happy
Posted by Ashlyn | June 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I highly recommend the Law Offices of Melissa K. Dagodag if you are looking for someone that is not afraid to fight for your rights! I have a disability that makes simple things hard to grasp, but Melissa went above and beyond explaining and over viewing every aspect of my case with me. If you want a hard working fierce attorney that truly cares for her clients well-being contact The Law Offices of Melissa K. Dagodag
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Posted by Dean | November 16, 2018
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Fantastic Lawyer for contracts, etc.
Melissa was very helpful in getting my LLC setup along with the trademarks. I've also used her for consulting contracts and other agreements. She is clear and effective at communicating the whole process and professional throughout. I'm very satisfied with her services and will happily continue to recommend and use her in the future.
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Posted by Monica | March 26, 2018
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Contracts For My Fashion Atelier
Melissa is Fastidious, Efficient, Smart, and Fair. Melissa is straight to the point; her knowledge is extensive and welcome in a landscape where guidance, understanding, and immediate help is critical. I have worked with Melissa Over the past 4 years with contracts for my Fashion Atelier and with challenges that needed immediate attention. Her speed was impressive and has saved me time and energy, avoiding further difficulties. She’s always welcoming to the needs at hand. I’ll continue to go back to Melissa, she’s trusted professional. Her dedication to her work is amazing and appreciated!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2017
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Great Attorney for your business
Melissa has been our business attorney for over 5 years now. She is a great for startups and I say this because small companies usually have a hard time finding key people to work with as resources are generally limited. Melissa has helped us setup three companies since we have been working with her. She also has helped us achieve two registered trademarks for two of our companies. Most recently we were presented a challenge with a trademark. Melissa presented an argument against the trademark attorney as we were hit with a road block. Needless to say the argument presented by Melissa was enough to convince the examining attorney to agree and allow the trademark to move forward for opposition. Over a year later, we can proudly say our 2nd trademark was registered. She has been a great extension of our company for all our legal needs. We highly recommend Melissa if you are small startup or big company!! We highly recommend Melissa
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Posted by Carlos | October 23, 2014
An Attorney You Can Trust
Melissa helped me incorporate two business entities in Delaware. She informed me step by step of the process and did a very efficient job. She has always been there to answer my questions with professionalism and care. She is an attorney that always looks out for her clients' best interest. She is an example for many to follow in the legal community.
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Posted by Schlecter Law | January 15, 2013
Competent and Knowledgeable Transactional Attorney!!!
As a business litigator who handles a variety of business, bankruptcy and real estate matters, I have consulted with and worked with Melissa on a variety of matters. She brings her years of business acumen to clients along with her extensive knowledge of business, entertainment, and intellectual property law expertise to the table and has helped many of my clients avoid the pitfalls of the legal process in forming and maintaining a business. She is the entrepreneur's attorney and a must for any small to medium sized business. Thanks Melissa!
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Posted by Jennifer | November 18, 2009
If you contact her you will be glad you did!
When I found Melissa's profile I was initially impressed that she earned a degree from UCLA and has a very high rating on this site. I decided to contact her since she offers a free consultation. Melissa responded immediately to my email even though I contacted her on a weekend. She went out of her way to see me on very short notice and then worked late into the night on my urgent case. Melissa is a very knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer and she also exhibits the traits of a good teacher. She taught me the specifics of trademark laws and made sure that I understood them. She also gave me tips on how I can improve sales, copyright my art work and save money while doing it! All of this information will prove to be very useful for me in the future and I did not even expect that she would be helping me in that way too! What a deal! If you contact her you will be glad you did!
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Posted by Christine | October 3, 2009
Timely and Successful Outcome
Melissa promptly responded to all my e-mails and calls and kept me well informed. Everything was explained clearly, proceeded as promised with timely and successful outcome. I give Melissa my highest recommendation.
Posted by Julie | October 2, 2009
Ethical & Knowledgeable
Melissa understands the needs of inventors and artists like myself, who have to protect their intellectual property. She does this quickly and efficiently, while explaining everything to you so you understand the process.
Posted by Jeremy | October 2, 2009
Melissa Dagodag client rating
Melissa has been there for us when we needed her to guide us through the ever changing and scary legal world.
Posted by Branislav Gjorcevski | October 2, 2009
Very pleased to have Melissa as a lawyer
She is always there when i need her and she always knows what i need. I get a great response and just as what our company needs. She has a simple approach, easy to work with and extremely reliable.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Owner
  • Law Offices of Melissa K. Dagodag
  • 2006 - Present
  • Business Affairs Counsel
  • BCBG Max Azaria
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Klinedinst PC
  • 2003 - 2004

Education

  • UCLA School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • Stanford University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Shoe Company Sale
  • Successful sale to large U.S. corporation
  • Settlement of Production Company Trademark Dispute
  • Settlement of Trademark Dispute
  • Small Record Company Formation
  • Successfully Formed Small Record Company
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Associations

  • City of Santa Monica
  • Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women
  • 2012 - Present
  • LA County Bar Assoc Dispute Resolution Services
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bruin Professionals
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Provisors
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Dispute Resolution Services
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2009 - Present
  • Intellectual Property Section CA State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Meals on Wheels West
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Monica Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Attorney Panel Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Santa Monica Rotary Club
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women
  • Commissioner
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Product Development and Management Association
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion Advanced Mediation Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Meals on Wheels West
  • 2009
  • Superb Rating by Clients
  • Avvo
  • 2009
  • Superb Rating by Peers
  • Avvo
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Completion Basic Mediation Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
  • 2009
  • Presidents Award
  • Santa Monica Rotary Club
  • 2008
  • Humanities Golden Grant
  • Stanford University
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Music Law 101
  • Music Law 101
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Business of Photography
  • Copyright Issues for Photographers
  • 2010
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • Intellectual Property for Startups
  • 2009
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • Intellectual Property Issues for New Businesses
  • 2008
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • Intellectual Property Issues for Startups
  • 2008
  • Speaker UCLA School of the Performing Arts
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
  • 2008
  • California Lawyers for the Arts Lecture
  • Music Law 101
  • 2008
  • Women and Professional Careers
  • Becoming a Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Santa Monica College: Entrepreneurialism
  • Business Formation and Intellectual Property
  • 2007
  • Rotaract Club Santa Monica College
  • Careers in the Legal Profession
  • 2007
  • Organizing Experts Training Conference
  • Legal Issues in Launching Your Business
  • 2007
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Fashion Law 101
  • 2007
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Music Law in the Digital Age
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
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Administrative law Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Dagodag's responses to the Avvo.com inquires are testament to her concern for clients, legal knowledge and experience. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Melissa does far more than copyright and IP. She is extremely smart, hard working and reliable. Everyone I have referred to her has raved about her responsiveness and professionalism. She specializes in representing businesses in creative fields such as fashion, art, music and start-ups. She can handle any of the needs of these businesses. Melissa is also extremely well connected...It seems like she knows everyone in Los Angeles."
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Melissa Dagodag. I've referred numerous friends and clients to her for entertainment and corporate transactional matters, and I've received excellent feedback from those who retained her. When she was unable to assist, she provided quick feedback and referrals. Her professionalism and expertise are excellent."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Melissa Dagodag. She is a Californian from the get-go and lives a rich and diverse life. Her personal business and avocational experiences give her a unique perspective in assisting her clients with legal matters. Melissa specializes in transactional law, primarily in the areas of music, entertainment and trademark law. Give her a call when you need timely and thoughtful assistance!"
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Melissa at an intesive 30 hour legal education class we participated in together. In working with her, I have observed Melissa to be very intelligent and capable lawyer. At the same time, she is warm and friendly and very approachable. I have no doubt that she has excellent legal skills and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney in Melissa's practice areas of intellectual property, entertainment law and business transactions."
Business Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work.I am confident to refer clients with Entertainment or Business law issues to Melissa. She is knowledgeable in the law and is both pragmatic and creative in the approach to her work. She is responsive to her client's needs and takes extra measure to make sure that her client's understand their options and the law. I do not hesitate to contact her when I need help with my client's business and entertainment matters or have a client with a creative endeavor in need of legal assistance."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa's work is outstanding. She has a high degree of integrity, a quick mind and unique grasp on business and intellectual property law. Her background in business enhances her ability to plan for both basic business transactions and intellectual property issues. I sent a business lessee client to her recently with a problem I wasn't sure could be resolved. Melissa not only got the client his desired result but did it in record time. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Jane Hall"
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa Dagodag is an extremely dedicated and highly intelligent member of the bar. She has outstanding credentials and gives her clients great personal attention. Her profound appreciation for the arts helps her understand and connect with her clients. I highly recommend her for anyone requiring legal assistance for Entertainment or Business Law issues."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Melissa is smart, responsive and a great to work with. Indeed, I highly recommend her."
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