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Melissa’s legal career revolves around one idea: empowerment. Legal situations are impossible to navigate without knowledge, expertise, and passion. One cannot meet and defeat legal hurdles unarmed. Melissa has the intellect, strategy, and drive to achieve her clients’ goals.


 


Employment law has been Melissa’s area of expertise for nearly a decade. She is driven by the desire to expose and punish unfair employers. Whether representing a sexual harassment victim, a whistleblower, or the victim of racial profiling, Melissa uses her wisdom, experience, and empathy to avidly pursue her clients’ rights.


 


She has sued private employers, religious organizations, and government agencies.  Melissa has successfully litigated against every major employment defense firm in California. She has prevailed against attacks on the pleading, discovery motions, and dispositive motions. In fact, she has never lost a dispositive motion before any judge in California, in either state or federal court. Her sterling track record is due to her savvy approach: she doesn’t take on a fight that she can’t win.


 


She has settled cases before every major mediation service provider and every arbitration service. She is also on a first-name basis with many of southern California’s most acclaimed employment law mediators, including retired judges. One of Melissa’s guiding principles is to find the right mediator for each case, which can require months of negotiation with the other side. What Melissa provides every client is the tailored, impassioned advocacy she would provide to a family member.


 


Melissa’s guiding principle has always been to empower her clients by using her legal skills to advocate for truth and justice. Her clients have ranged from part-time sales clerks to CEOs, from teenagers to great-grandmothers. Sometimes, her clients have suffered emotionally. Other times, they’ve lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the illegal acts of their boss. Melissa approaches every case with zealous advocacy -- she understands that every case is a person’s life.


 


She has successfully managed a robust caseload with as many as 50+ matters simultaneously. However, her preference is to keep her caseload smaller, in order to provide boutique-style legal services.


 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Employment: 100%

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  • Carla Elisa Kimberly Lind

    Melissa is an experienced attorney who is one of the best in helping you navigate through the troubled waters of a wrongful termination or other employment matter. Having worked with Melissa and being familiar with her case load, she has pretty much seen it all, and that is invaluable in selecting someone to advocate on your behalf. Melissa genuinely cares about your outcome and will not let you down.

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    Carla Lind Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Marisa Keely Commerford

    Ms. Petrofsky is an exceptional, passionate attorney who has mastered the delicate balance of aggressively advocating for clients while still maintaining a good professional relationship with her adversaries. A pleasure to work with on both sides of the table.

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    Marisa Commerford Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

The Petrofsky Law Firm

2102 Business Center Drive, Ste. 130
Irvine, CA, 92612

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200705/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Certificate for College of Trial AdvocacyOrange County Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Petrofsky Law FIrm2015 - Present
AttorneySessions & Kimball LLP2008 - 2015
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment CommitteeMember2016 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Orange County Women Lawyers AssociationN/A2015 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Legislative Resolutions CommitteeN/A2015 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenMember2015 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionEducation Committee, 20082008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sexual Harassment Claim$600,000
Disability Discrimination Claim$260,000
Sexual Harassment Claim$325,000
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Win at Work MonthlyEmployers Must Pay Overtime to Out of State Employees2008
Win at Work MonthlyEmployers Must Provide Leave to Military Spouses2008
Win at Work MonthlyJerks at Work2008
Win at Work MonthlyBOS-NEW LAW REGARDING TEXT MESSAGING2008
Win at Work MonthlyKEEP YOUR BOSS'S HANDS OUT OF THE TIP JAR2008
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Culver-Stockton CollegeN/AOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County Paralegal AssociationCalculating Damages in Employment Law2016
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionCommon Investigation Mistakes: How Plaintiffs Use Them and How Defendants Avoid Them2016
DISCOVERY: WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT LAW CASEDiscovery Tools For Paralegals2015
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionEmployment Law Updates2014
Employment Law for Medical ProfessionalsEmployment Law for Medical Professionals2014
Law for Medical ProfessionalsEmployment Law2013
Law for Medical ProfessionalsEmployment Law2012
Law for Medical ProfessionalsEmployee Rights2011
Law for Medical ProfessionalsEmployment Law for Medical Professionals2010
Program Chair-Advanced Depositions and Discovery Methods SeminarDiscovery Methods2009
Loma Linda University-Law for Medical Professionals ClassEmployment Law for Medical Professionals2009