I am proud to continue a family tradition that began back in 1933 of helping injured persons recover from the carelessness and negligence of others. We assess each client's individual needs, and aggressively seek an adequate award by preparing the case for trial from day one.
My firm represents clients in a wide array of personal injury cases from automobile collisions to injuries caused by dangerous products and dangerous conditions on property. We believe that an award is adequate only when it makes our client whole. We strive to recover everything our clients may be entitled to, and have successfully obtained over $1,000,000,000.00 in verdicts and judgments for our clients.
We have recently expanded our firm to help people deal with the banks trying to take their homes and unscrupulous debt collectors. I was awarded the prestigious Housing Justice Award by the San Francisco Bar Association for my volunteer efforts in helping people stay in their homes.
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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.
Robert Fordiani Employment and labor Attorney
SECOND GENERATION LEGEND What can you say after "Melvin Belli?" I've always know him as Caesar, and he followed his father, one of the best known lawyers of the twentieth century, through some of the most memorable moments in legal history. If you learn from the best, you stand above the rest. We've known each other for decades, and he's still the first guy I call for personal injury cases.
Robert Marshall Criminal defense Attorney
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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|
|Doe vs Roe Chemical Company||Won $1.2 Million award.|
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|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|