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Melissa McDonald, a native of Fresno and graduate of Kerman High School, received her bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz where she majored in Political Science.  She graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and is a member of the California Bar.  Shortly after law school, Ms. McDonald moved to New York where she attended an LL.M. program at Touro Law School and won the CALI award for academic excellence in Drafting Commercial Documents.  While in New York, she worked as a financial consultant and obtained her Series 7, Series 66, and Insurance licenses. She also passed the New York bar exam and has prior bankruptcy experience from working for one of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in California.   In addition to her practice, she also teaches bankruptcy law through the paralegal program at Fresno City College.

Ms. McDonald is an avid reader and enjoys learning.  She also loves animals and volunteers at a local rescue animal shelter. 


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 60%
  2. Chapter 13: 20%
  3. Chapter 7: 20%



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790 W Shaw Ave
Suite 205
Fresno, CA, 93704


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesThe State Bar of California2010
Academic excellence in drafting commercial documentsCALI2007
First Honors AwardLoyola Law School (by Professor)2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor (Bankruptcy Law)Fresno City College2011 - Present
FounderLaw Offices of Melissa McDonald2010 - Present
N/ABankruptcy2009 - 2010
N/AFinancial Consultant2008 - 2009
N/AGeneral Practice2007 - 2008
N/AInternships2005 - 2006
N/ALegal Research Assistant2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2008
New York Women's Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Susan Jesmer dba First American Food Stores v. Auto Star Compusystems, Inc. & Retail Magic, Inc.The court found all points in our favor.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - Santa CruzPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000