Melissa Petrofsky is the founder of The Petrofsky Law Firm in Newport Beach, California. Her focus is on employment litigation and advice and counsel for small businesses. She received her B.S from Culver-Stockton College and her J.D. from Whittier Law School before eventually becoming an associate for Sessions & Kimball LLP in 2008.
Ms. Petrofsky has successfully litigated cases throughout Southern California. Her guiding principle has always been to empower her clients by using her legal skills to advocate for truth and justice.
Additionally, The Petrofsky Law Firm is a trusted legal adviser for small businesses across Southern California. Ms. Petrofsky can draft agreements, handbooks, and forms, check employment practices, ensure state and federal compliance with laws and regulations, guide claim evaluations, and offer advice on unemployment matters, termination and/or discipline of employees, or any other employment practices.
Her clients have ranged from part-time sales clerks to CEOs, from teenagers to great-grandmothers, from warehouses to drug addiction treatment facilities, from music schools to medical practices. She approaches every case with zealous representation -- she understands that every case is a person or business’ life.
Embracing the core values of authority, inspiration, and empowerment, Ms. Petrofsky has been named to the Superlawyers Rising Star list for 2015- 2017, including the distinction of being named to the Top 100 Rising Stars of Southern California and the Top 50 Women Rising Stars of Southern California. She has also been named to the Southern California Superlawyers list for 2018 and 2019.
She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, The National Association of Professional Women, The Orange County Women’s Lawyers Association, and The California Women’s Lawyer’s Association.
She has served on the executive committee for the Labor & Employment Section, and on the Legislative Resolutions Committees for the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”) and the California Women’s Lawyers Association. She is the Chair of the Labor & Employment Section for 2019 and the Chair of the Legislative Resolutions Committee of the OCBA.
Ms. Petrofsky has served as a valued speaker on employment issues at industry events and has taught employment issues to graduate students at Loma Linda University.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 50 Women Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2017|
|Top 100 Rising Stars||SuperLawyers||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Certificate for College of Trial Advocacy||Orange County Bar Association||2009|
|Professor||Irvine University College Of Law||2019 - Present|
|Founder||The Petrofsky Law FIrm||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Sessions & Kimball LLP||2008 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Chair of the Legislative Resolutions Committee||2019 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Chair - Labor and Employment Section||2019 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee||Member||2016 - Present|
|California Women Lawyers||Member||2016 - Present|
|Orange County Women Lawyers Association||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Legislative Resolutions Committee||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||2008 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||VIce-Chair of the Legislative Resolutions Committee||2018 - 2019|
|Orange County Bar Association||Chair-Elect - Labor and Employment Section||2018 - 2019|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||Secretary/Treasurer||2017 - 2018|
|Orange County Bar Association, Legislative Resolutions Committee||Whip||2017 - 2018|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||2015 - 2017|
|Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Education Committee, 2008||2008 - 2010|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||The Legislative Resolutions Committee: Making Connections While Making New Law||2019|
|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 Coll SOL||law||2007|
|Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Symposium||Current Employment Law Trends||2017|
|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|
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