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|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Alameda County Bar Association, Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||N/A|
|New England School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Law Panel Discussion||Criminal Defense||2016|
Posted by Anntenique E
In April I was arrested for the first time and charged with a pretty serious violent felony and I was extremely afraid and constantly thinking the worst about my situation, I looked at a few different law firms and I'm so glad that I decided to go with this one and have (Melissa adams) specifically to represent me. Since the first initial meet with Melissa she has been extremely compassionate and professional in every single way possible regarding my situation. Melissa worked out a payment plan with me which really helped me out a lot and she really showed complete genuine interest in understanding about my situation and wanting to help from the very first time I met her. Melissa has been keeping me updated on every single thing and she has done so much for me! She truly cares and it shows. I'm extremely pleased with getting to have Melissa represent me. She's an amazing, charming and overall great person! I have never had so much stress/anxiety/etc up until this situation and she puts my mind at ease and makes me feel 100% better every time I get to speak with her. She is constantly on top of things and she is always able to be reached. I am definitely going to recommend her to other people. If you're looking for a lawyer Melissa would be a perfect choice! Truly an amazing person with only the best intentions. Thank you so much Melissa! You've been so amazing for this entire process!
Posted by CC
We were referred to her by our attorney and were enthusiastic to work with her. However, what transpired was quite unexcusable. She was on a vacation and had her associate help out - he ended up making an erroneous phone call against our wishes, and we had to have another senior attorney ask him to stand down and then they had to fix the situation. Fast forward, despite mistakes we were still charged $2500 with no refund.
Posted by anonymous
When I was incarcerated in 2009, it was the scariest time of my life. I didn't really understand what was happening to me. My family hired Tim Rien to defend me, and he quickly put Melissa on my case. Melissa was always patient with me, taking the time to explain every confusing detail of the legal system, and it's grip it had on me. She treated me with kindness and never made me feel like a criminal. She worked diligently and tirelessly to provide the best defense and get me back home as soon as possible. She was an excellent communicator, keeping my family informed on every minute detail. Even during my long stay in jail awaiting trail, there were countless tiresome visits, she never faltered, being the rock that represented me against the big, scary system. Always professional and considerate, I believe Melissa truly cares for the people she defends. Once I was back at home, she continued to check in on me, interested in how my life is progressing. It is because of her, my life is progressing very well, indeed.