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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
Melvin’s comment: “This was a result of a dispute with my sister over some family owned property almost 20 years ago. It had nothing to do with any clients or related to the law except for the fact that I am an attorney. I have resolved all my differences with my sister years ago and we are closer than we have ever been. I have not bothered to seek reinstatement as I do not have an office in DC nor practice there anymore.”
Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.
Melvin’s comment: “Same incident as above”
This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
Melvin’s comment: “Same incident as above and I was fully reinstated over 15 years ago with no further incidents nor complaints.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2016|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|Life Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2014|
|President's Award||Santa Clara Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program||2013|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program||2012|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program||2011|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2010|
|Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award||Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program||2009|
|Housing Justice Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2009|
|VSLP Top 10% Volunteers of the Year Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2008|
|VSLP Top 10% Volunteers of the Year Award||Bar Association of San Francisco||2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of Marin||N/A||1990 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||N/A||1983 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||N/A||1983 - 2006|
|Dodson vs Manna Pro||Won 2.2 million dollar verdict for our client|
|Doe vs Roe Chemical Company||$1.2+ award for my client|
|Curry vs Porter||Won verdict 8 times amount offered before trial|
|See all legal cases|
|Trial Magazine||Law Office Automation||1986|
|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of California - Berkeley||Agricultural Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
Posted by anonymous
Melvin and his partner, Robert helped me in a very long lasting and serious and complicated case that many attorney's did not want to handle. Melvin and Robert went above and beyond their call of duty in the case and fought hard to get results in a case that was based more on integrity and what was right than a financial incentive. In the end, I was able to prevail, finding peace with a difficult situation and restoring my faith in the Justice System. I am very grateful to these two attorneys and give my highest regards. Thank you Melvin and Robert, I am eternally grateful!
Posted by Marta
I was sued for the second time in 7 years by a family member for partition of a home and property that had been a family gathering place for decades and was important to the family (at least to my half of the family). It had traditionally been jointly owned with no issues that were serious, but that had changed. The attorney I hired for the first lawsuit had averted the forced sale of the property through mediation, however he had retired so I hired a local attorney for the second lawsuit (same partition action) and he was just was not approaching the case the way it needed to be so I let him go and desperately sought a go getter. I needed someone special who cared about the human side of our story and had empathy and that was exactly what I got when I hired Melvin Belli. Mr. Belli changed everything. He left no stone unturned and with his no nonsense manner he was aggressive in fighting every aspect of the case which was important to myself and my family. Since a partition sale is a forced sale we had few options but Melvin made sure those options were beneficial to our side. We ended up in mediation again but Melvin had prepared a surprise for them. He instituted the help of a neighboring third party adjacent to the property when they placed their offer for the property in front of the judge. The third party pushed the cost of the property to three times what they had offered for our half and to nearly the full cost of the entire appraisal. If we were going to be forced to sell Mr. Belli wanted to ensure that the beneficiaries to our half were not left with nothing. Losing the property to a family member that didn't value the sentimental attachments any of us had to the property was upsetting and the money in no way replaced the property, however in the end, the amount they did pay was a hugely satisfying as their heart was tied to money and the last thing they saw coming. Mr. Belli out lawyered them and once he sunk his teeth in he didn't let go. Mr. Belli's father was a famed attorney from Northern California whom I had heard and read about. I can tell you that those that know the Belli name shudder when they hear the name if they are up against him and with good cause. I can tell you first hand that Melvin C. Belli does not work in the shadow of his famous father but makes his own shade. I highly recommend Melvin C. Belli. He is a wonderful human being as well as an attorney.
Posted by Barry
I was Hit on my bicycle by a speeding car, in San Francisco, the driver sped off.....strong witnesses and they found the car and owner......he turned himself in a week later.....I hired an attorney in San Francisco that was a PI expert and recommended by a friend on facebook......he talked a good talk....but after a week I felt like the victim!.......for over a year.......In comes Melvin Ceaser Belli, who came recommend to me by another good friend.......we met by chance...and it took me a while to ask him.....2 days after I hire him..... He raised the total settlement by 5 times!....plus he checked the criminal side left open by the D.A.
Easy to work with and sensitive to issues like hit and run, involving a bicycle.......
I highly recommend this attorney......He is very good and you will not regret his service!
Roger Moss, Mediation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Caesar Belli is an outstanding, compassionate advocate who gives generously of himself through the pages of Avvo, and other pro bono activities. He also effectively mentors many attorneys through constructive, challenging commentary. I am deeply grateful for Caesar's service to the community and the legal profession.
Robert Fordiani, Employment and labor Attorney
Ive had the pleasure of working with Melvin throughout the years on a myriad of novel cases from auto collisions to pro bono eviction defense. He approaches each case with the same philosophy: help those in need navigate through troubled times towards resolution. With a legacy second to none, his professional reputation with other lawyers and judges throughout the country is an asset that he uses to the advantage of his clients. A creative attorney who pushes the limits of convention and believes there's no such thing as a small case.