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Heather Ann Melone

Licensing Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    75%
    Zealously advocates for individuals in administrative professional license disciplinary proceedings.

  2. Criminal defense
    25%

Attorney Heather A. Melone was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. During her time at UCSB, Heather became interested in obtaining a law degree as she realized that to effectuate real change she would have to either work within the confines of the current law, or work to change the laws.


After graduating from UCSB, Heather joined the United States Peace Corps and spent three years volunteering in Thailand. After returning to Southern California in 2000, Heather was determined to find a job in the legal field in San Diego. She was quickly offered a job as a legal assistant for a prominent criminal defense law firm, Steigerwalt & Associates.  For the next eight years Heather worked her way up the ranks in that firm. She continued to work part-time as a law clerk while earning her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law. Heather graduated from CWSL in December 2005 and passed the California State Bar on her first attempt. When Heather became a licensed attorney in 2006 she was immediately offered an attorney position with Steigerwalt & Associates.


Through the years of working in the criminal defense field, Heather developed a strong passion for defense work as it easily aligned with her strong desire to help those in need. The more experience Heather received in the defense arena, the more she realized that it was her calling to zealously advocate for those accused of wrong-doing.  When Steigerwalt & Associates merged with ill fated Pacific Law Center in 2008, Heather stayed true to her values and started her own firm.  For over a decade, Heather was a solo-practioner, managing a successful practice, while raising two young boys. 

In March 2019, Heather joined MURPHY JONES APC as a Senior Associate Attorney and now provides zealous defense advocacy for professionals whose license and livelihood were at risk due to administrative disciplinary proceedings.  Heather's years of expertise in criminal defense, and the excellent litigation skills honed during that time, is a valued asset to her clients in professional licensing defense cases.  

Location

Wellspring Law
8885 Rio San Diego Dr. #237
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
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Posted by Brittany | April 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best advocate!
Heather handled my case, and the throughout the whole process, she was kind, and advocated for me. She guided my though the process had great communication throughout the entire time I worked with her. I never felt alone, in the dark, or that I didn't understand something. She was always there for me to answer my questions. Should I or anyone I know ever need legal help again I would definitely return or send my friends/family to her. Thanks Heather!
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional License Protected
Heather's expertise and professionalism is stellar. If you find a need for stellar representation to protect and defend your professional license, Heather is who you need on your side. She was highly recommended by other lawyers and now by me. The thorough preemptive approach she uses resulted in success in my case. Thanks again Heather for your hard work and diligence!
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Posted by Doris | March 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Work Case
Dear Heather, I am writing this review to you to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through the years in dealing with this very stressful case. Thank you for all the help and for always being in contact with me but mostly thank you for your representation and for bringing light into my life in winning my case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation. I will definitely recommend Heather to friends and colleagues.
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Response from Heather Melone March 13, 2024
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Doris! I am really touched by your sentiments! I named my law firm "Wellspring" because I strive to be an endless source of comfort, positivity, and light to my clients when they are in some of their darkest hours. I am so happy that we were finally able to get the Board to do the right thing in your case! It was a long, hard fought battle, but we were ultimately successful and it was a pleasure getting to know you during the pendency of your case!! Take care and please do keep in touch. I wish you all the best! Heather
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Heather
Big shout out to Heather Melone! She is a tenacious and passionate lawyer who is an expert at dealing with professional licensing boards. She kept me updated and well informed through all proceedings. I felt at comfort knowing she was fighting for me to get the matter resolved, and she did. Very satisfied with the conclusion.
Response from Heather Melone March 13, 2024
Thank you so much for the great review! I am very happy to hear that you were satisfied with my legal representation and the outcome of your matter. Although I hope that you never need my legal services again, I would welcome an opportunity to assist you again should the need arise! Thank you and take care! Sincerely, Heather
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Posted by Meredith | December 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation and caring lawyer
I reached out to Heather Melone in a time of need, and she was instrumental in helping me resolve my issue. She was prompt in responding to my calls, extremely knowledgeable, honest and kind in consultations, and effective in finding a positive resolution. It was clear to me that she has a lot of experience in the SD justice system based on our conversations and her expediency in helping me solve my problem. I highly recommend her.
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Response from Heather Melone March 13, 2024
Thank you so much for the kind words Meredith! I was happy to help you get the outcome that was deserved! Hopefully you will never need my legal services again, but know that I will always welcome another opportunity to serve you and your family members! Take care and best of luck in all of your future endeavors! Sincerely, Heather
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful, informative, and empathetic
Heather answered my phone call the first time I called and she was extremely helpful. She listened and asked great questions to make sure she knew whether she could help me or not. I had spoke. With a licensing attorney in the past and they were the complete opposite of Heather in all the worst ways. So, after speaking with Heather even for a couple minutes, I was grateful for the attention and care she puts into even her consultations. She gave detailed explanations of how she could help me and answered any questions I had. I didn’t feel rushed or like I was receiving a sales pitch at all. I would gladly call her again and retain her services. Thank you Heather!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BRN lawyer
Heather was amazing and helped me through every step of my case to get the best possible outcome. She really eased by anxiety and walked me through the process. She was kind and responsive. Definitely would recommend!
Posted by Mena | September 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Heather is a kind and respectful attorney. She knows her field of study and shows it in her actions. During such a nerve wrecking time in my life, she was able to simplify what was happening in a way for me to understand fully. She was mindful of my wishes with every step of the way. Heather remained hopeful. She made me aware of the possibilities. This experience was a great one and I'm glad to have found such an amazing attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2023
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BRN Investigation Case
I never would have imagined I’d need help from a lawyer. I woke up one day surprised with an investigation letter from the BRN. I was extremely anxious, nervous, and afraid as I do not know how to proceed and what to expect. I’m very grateful I reached out to Atty Heather Melone. She took my case immediately and welcomed me with open arms. She acted fast and worked diligently and systematically for my case. Communication was timely and professional. Above all, she’s very friendly and compassionate, made me feel very comfortable entrusting my case with her. Her extraordinary dedication, knowledge, skills, and professionalism helped me in achieving the absolute best outcome….. the BRN case was closed. Atty Heather, thank you very, very, very much!! Please continue to help and represent other nurses in their professional battles. You are simply the best!! You rock!!
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Response from Heather Melone June 29, 2023
Thank you so much for the glowing review! I am so happy that we were able to convince the BRN to not move forward with with formal discipline in your case. That was definitely the right outcome in your matter and I am honored to have assisted you in getting the justice you deserved! If you know of any other nurses who are facing issues with the BRN please send them my way as I would love to help them as well. Take care and I wish you all the best!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Above & Beyond
Heather is truly a life-saver. I was dealing with an expired and forfeited license issue with my board that caused me to have to shut my practice down while I applied for reinstatement. Heather helped to walk me through the entire process and helped me to gather the necessary documents and present a written explanation of the situation to the board. Her help was monumental in both keeping my sanity and helping me to present the information necessary to help my license get reinstated quickly. I can't thank her and her expertise enough. She truly cares about her clients and helps give peace of mind during these stressful times.
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Response from Heather Melone May 18, 2023
Thank you so much for the glowing review! I am so happy that I was able to assist you in your time of need! Your situation is exactly why I wanted to become a defense attorney - so that I could help good people through bad situations. Your case definitely fit that bill! I am so happy that the Board did what was right and just, and quickly reinstated your license. I hope that you will never find yourself in need of my services again but know that I am only a phone call away to assist you should the need arise! Take care and best of luck to you in all your personal and professional endeavors!
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Posted by B | April 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SLP Board disciplinary
From the very beginning Heather was more than professional, honest, and compassionate. She didn't judge me on my situation and obtained as much information as needed. I was charged for a DUI. The CA SLP board was notified and sent a letter requiring additional information as they investigated. I looked laboriously for a lawyer that would have my best interest and help me. Finally I found Heather. She was honest about what the outcome would most likely be and worked very diligently with me to put me in the best position for the least strict disciplinary action. She promptly drafted all letters and disclosures that had to be sent to the board. She created a timeline so that I was aware of how much time I had to obtain mitigation document. She gave full details on what type of documentation I should be collecting and provided resources as well as a template for character letters. Heather periodically checked in on me and the status of my criminal case. She worked with my criminal lawyer as well which was great. She kept a very organized and detail folder of all of my documents in addition to all other information regarding my case. She notified me of any changes and when I dissolved the money left in my trust for her to use (FYI-she doesn't charge a flat rate). She even answered questions about future employment and whether I had to divulge my DUI arrest. Heather was prompt with responses and did exceptionally well with obtaining all information needed. Even if she didn't have an answer for a questions she worked hard to find information so she could be of assistance. I have nothing but kindness and respect for Heather and the company. She knew the importance of this case and her work ethic shows for it. In the end the board decided not to move forward with a disciplinary action and I know I have Heather to thank for that. Thank you so much for all that you did to help me!
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Response from Heather Melone May 16, 2023
Thank you so much for the wonderful review B! It was an honor to advocate for you! You were an "A+" client and I really appreciate how responsive you were to all of my advice and requests. Your proactive assistance in your defense was critical in helping me convince the SLP to make the right decision in this case. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors and hope that you keep in touch!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Understanding & Compassionate
Heather was so understanding and compassionate about my situation. She gave sound advice on how to proceed. I highly recommend Heather for any professional licensing board concerns.
Response from Heather Melone May 16, 2023
Thank you so much for this review! Even though you didn't end up retaining my services, I am happy that you found benefit in our discussions and the information that I provided to you. If the need ever arises for you to need my advice/services again in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Take care and I wish you all the best!
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Well handled case with the state board
I am writing this review to thank attorney Heather Melone for handling my case with the state board. Heather is knowledgeable, professional and knows her scope of practice very well. She has worked with various licensing boards in the State of California. My case was slightly different and she had to work with a state certification board. The difference is that licensing boards have a set of legal steps and procedures for every case they handle and certification boards do not. Which makes them a little more unpredictable in their actions. Heather was able to use her knowledge and experience and achieved the best outcome possible for my case - "no disciplinary action and no futher action required" I was reffered to her by another attorney and that was a great referral. At the initial consultation Heather went well over her time to answer all my questions. Once hired she was always available to contact and her communication level was on top. She collected all the necessary documents from me, discussed a proper strategy and wrote a well drafted letter to the state board. It took 8 month to get a response from them but I'm very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend Heather Melone to deal with any state license or cerificate issues one might have. It's always worth getting professional help!
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Response from Heather Melone May 16, 2023
Thank you so much for the favorable review! I am so happy that I was able to assist you and ultimately get the outcome your case deserved. Thank you for helping me assist you by obtaining and providing me with all of the documentation that we needed to help the Board make the right decision in this case. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors and hope that you keep in touch!
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Posted by Andrea | August 2, 2022
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Best Advocate
Initially I was provided a lawyer through my union that I thought had my best interest at heart… After being told that I should relinquish my credential I decided to seek council elsewhere… Heather came highly recommended to me and has been nothing short of a godsend since our initial meeting… Heather never gave up on trying to settle prior to a hearing… And even when we had to go to a hearing, Heather showed up ready to battle… Heather did not waver at all during the two day hearing… She was amazing in her questioning and her cross examinations… Ultimately the judge ruled in my favor! I get to continue doing what I love because of Heather and her tenacity to fight for what’s right… Heather even caught a statement of misinformation that no other government official happened to catch in the final documentation of my hearing… Heather is currently fighting to get the information corrected… She does not quit! If you are having issues with the potential of losing your credential/license, Heather Melone at Wellspring Law should be the first person you call!
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Response from Heather Melone August 5, 2022
Wow! Thank you for such a glowing review! I am ecstatic that I was able to obtain an outcome for you that your previous attorney thought was impossible!! Your case was difficult as it had a lot of legal issues to navigate which was compounded by an agency unwilling to be reasonable with settlement prior to trial. They still continue to be unreasonable as they refuse to correct erroneous information in their final decision and order. But I will fight to get that corrected too!! You are an amazing client who really excels in your profession, and we were able to finally convince the judge and agency of that. You followed my advice from the outset and were able to provide me with such great mitigation documentation which really helped us with your case. So, thank YOU for helping me help you and trusting me to "give it my all!"
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I had an unfair complaint by someone and the state board wanted to investigate. I contacted Heather Melone and after our discussions felt very comfortable hiring her and she did not disappoint. She is very caring and professional. If you are looking for a capable attorney who listens and truly looks after your best interests and be a great advocate for you, you should give her a call.
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Response from Heather Melone August 5, 2022
Thank you for your review! It was an honor to help you with your matter and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Acupuncture License Win
Heather helped me through an incredibly difficult time obtaining my acupuncture license. Not only was she always available, helpful and insightful but she really held my hand through the whole process. I always knew I could count on her to be there every step of the way. It can become incredibly overwhelming to have things from the past dredged up during a licensure process. Thanks to Heather I was able to navigate this process with confidence and have someone to turn to at every step of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much for all you do Heather!
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Response from Heather Melone August 5, 2022
Thank you so much for the review! I am honored to have helped you realize your dream! When I am in need of some acupuncture work, I know who to call.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Fighting Lawyer
My case with Heather and her team was difficult. As a nurse practitioner, I had a case with the BRN investigator that eventually was forwarded to the BRN Disciplinary Unit and finally escalated to the attorney general. Heather really fought for me throughout the whole process. Due to her caring efforts, my case outcome closed in my favor. It was frankly amazing. I am so thankful she was on my team. I am so grateful for her talent and deep understanding of the BRN Complaint Resolution Process. I can't thank this team enough. Heather, Kevin, Maxime, you guys are true first class professionals. I am so lucky I chose them to represent me. Thank you so much for everything!
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Posted by Christine | September 16, 2020
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We won!!
Heather was very professional and knowledgeable assisting me with my legal battle and we had a positive outcome!! Heather was always prompt in returning calls and emails and always put me at ease. I am very thankful to their practice for taking my case in a very short notice and it was not even A type of case they would normally represent... she referred me to another attorney when I needed someone with more expertise in my defense. I would highly recommend Heather and the practice!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2020
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VN License
I Had trouble getting my license after the state exam due to a DUI. So I decided to look around Avvo and that lead me to hiring Heather and her Associates. Very grateful of that choice I made because they did a great job on helping me get my license. Everything was straight forward, questions were always answered. I would definitely recommend the Murphy Jones law team to anyone looking for an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about nursing field/licensure.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2020
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LVN
I hired Murphy Jones law to protect against an unwarranted threat to my license. He did just enough to clear things up and quash the matter judiciously.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • MURPHY JONES APC
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Heather A. Melone
  • 2008 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Steigerwalt & Associates
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Certified Intern
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Legal Assistant & Law Clerk
  • Steigerwalt & Associates
  • 2000 - 2005
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Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kidnapping & Sexual Assault
  • Case Dismissed
  • PC 211 - Robbery
  • Dismisssed on 995 motion
  • PC 245 - Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon
  • Case Dismissed on Day of Trial
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Associations

  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • California Association of Attorneys in the Healthcare Profession
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association Of Women Business Owners
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Thai
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (4)
Endorse Heather
Licensing Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is THE go to attorney in San Diego for all licensing related issues. She is responsive, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. She has helped many clients accused of criminal misconduct retain their professional licenses, while also providing information to assist in the criminal process. I highly endorse Heather!"
Licensing Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Heather for many years and we are on the board for the East County San Diego Bar Association. Heather is very dependable and if she says she's going to get something done she certainly does. I know she fights hard for her clients and does her best to get them great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Melone for a very long time and have had the pleasure of working with her on a number of criminal cases. I continue to be impressed with her work ethic and her untiring compassion for her clients are impressive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Friend
"Heather is not only a skilled attorney but she cares about each of her clients. She goes the extra mile to explain the procedure of a case to her clients so that they are comfortable when they enter the courtroom with her. I endorse Heather Melone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Friend
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. I have know Heather for over 10 years both personally and professionally. She is a hardworking, dedicated, criminal defense attorney. She is compassionate and cares deeply for her clients. She is well liked by all. I would not hesitate to recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Melone for many years now. I used to supervise her when we worked together for a large criminal defense firm. Ms. Melone was always prepared, thorough, and aggressive. More importantly, she goes over and beyond what most attorneys do in order to represent her client. She has the best attorney/client relationships that you could imagine. Ms. Melone has a huge heart, and it really shows in her representation of clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure I endorse my friend and former colleague, Heather Melone, in the field of criminal defense. Heather is a true "Freedom Fighter," as her license plate one stated. Her passion for her clients is extrememely apparent no matter what type of charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met this lawyer in law school. Knowing what I know now, I would have gone to law school just to meet Ms. Melone. She's a true advocate and amazing friend. Just who you want in your corner when life gets rough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather has always been an extremely hard working lawyer, and I have personally watched her defend many clients. For this reason, I endorse Heather Melone."
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