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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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.
Carla Lind Employment and labor Attorney
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.
Marisa Commerford Employment and labor Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Certificate for College of Trial Advocacy||Orange County Bar Association||2009|
|Founder||The Petrofsky Law FIrm||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Sessions & Kimball LLP||2008 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee||Member||2016 - Present|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Women Lawyers Association||N/A||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Legislative Resolutions Committee||N/A||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Education Committee, 2008||2008 - 2010|
|Sexual Harassment Claim||$600,000|
|Disability Discrimination Claim||$260,000|
|Sexual Harassment Claim||$325,000|
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|Win at Work Monthly||Employers Must Pay Overtime to Out of State Employees||2008|
|Win at Work Monthly||Employers Must Provide Leave to Military Spouses||2008|
|Win at Work Monthly||Jerks at Work||2008|
|Win at Work Monthly||BOS-NEW LAW REGARDING TEXT MESSAGING||2008|
|Win at Work Monthly||KEEP YOUR BOSS'S HANDS OUT OF THE TIP JAR||2008|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Culver-Stockton College||N/A||Other - Bachelors||1998|
|Orange County Paralegal Association||Calculating Damages in Employment Law||2016|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||Common Investigation Mistakes: How Plaintiffs Use Them and How Defendants Avoid Them||2016|
|DISCOVERY: WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT LAW CASE||Discovery Tools For Paralegals||2015|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||Employment Law Updates||2014|
|Employment Law for Medical Professionals||Employment Law for Medical Professionals||2014|
|Law for Medical Professionals||Employment Law||2013|
|Law for Medical Professionals||Employment Law||2012|
|Law for Medical Professionals||Employee Rights||2011|
|Law for Medical Professionals||Employment Law for Medical Professionals||2010|
|Program Chair-Advanced Depositions and Discovery Methods Seminar||Discovery Methods||2009|
|Loma Linda University-Law for Medical Professionals Class||Employment Law for Medical Professionals||2009|