|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 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.
Posted by Susan
Our son was a minor at the time that we needed a strong criminal defense attorney to assist us in defending felony charges he was facing. Our family attorney referred us to the offices of Tim Rien. After an initial consultation with Mr. Rien, he determined it was best to assign our case to Melissa Adams. We are, to this day, extremely grateful and highly recommend her.
Melissa is a knowledgeable and energetic attorney who showed a deep compassion to our case and represented our son in an extremely professional and effective manner in the courtroom. As our case was being heard by a notoriously tough justice, Melissa was able to work with the court and the district attorney to help secure a fair and just decision.
Importantly, she was able to do this by being very accessible and taking a personal interest in our son’s situation and background. Through her guidance and encouragement, she quickly earned our trust. She even helped coach our son in what to expect (the good and the bad) in the courtroom and throughout the hearings so he could feel more comfortable throughout the legal process.
Most impressively, after the case had ended and charges cleared, Melissa continued to follow up via phone and email with us to check up on his progress. We truly believe that this personal touch has played a tremendous role in our son now doing very well in his development as a responsible citizen and in working to achieve his life long career goals.
Posted by Nick
There is no better team than Rien, Adams and Cox when it comes to criminal defense. From 2007 to 2009 I was facing some very serious DUI charges, multiple offenses, with possible prison time if convicted. This team literally wrote the book on how Law Enforcement fails to follow their own protocols. When we went to court the DA had zero admissible evidence because they were able to have everything removed because of the fault of law enforcement not following the rules. They gave me a second chance and years later followed up to help remove (expunge) any remaining offenses from my background. I am forever grateful for their efforts. Because of them I have been able to resume my life as a productive part of society. I was given an opportunity to turn my life around, finish college, and now have a high paying job where I can give second chances to others.
The process in working with them was painless, I felt comfort in knowing I had a team I could trust, and they were always straight forward and honest with everything that was going on. I could write an entire book on how amazing this team is, they literally saved my life and gave me a second chance... Thank you guys, you are amazing!