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Mr. Mellor attended Western State University, (San Diego, CA), Bachelor of Arts; Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, CA), Juris Doctor Degree, admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. Mediation training through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, School of Law (Malibu, CA).  Admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern & Northern divisions in 1989.  Also admitted to the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1989. Mr. Mellor also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Diego County Superior Court.


Trial Attorney, CNA Insurance Company 1989 – 1996, emphasizing defense of construction liability, automobile liability, premises liability, and products liability; Trial Attorney, Private practice 1996 – 2015, emphasizing litigation in Business Law, Insurance Disputes, Construction Defect, Fire Loss, Securities Fraud and Personal Injury claims. Experience advising corporations as General Counsel. 2003-2004, Panel counsel, Continental Casualty Insurance Company of North Carolina;


Served as a Justice in the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; registered as an Arbitrator in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, San Diego, San Francisco & Contra Costa Courts.  Mediation experience in the Marin, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sonoma Courts. Judge Pro tem San Diego Superior Court; Judge Pro-Tem, Marin County Superior Court; Officer of the State Bar Court serving as a Probation Monitor for disciplined attorneys.  Retained expert on corporate related fraud matters in Federal Court, Southern District.  Member of the San Diego, Los Angeles, Sonoma & Marin County Bar Associations, American Bar Association (ABA).  Past President of Business Networks International (BNI).  Past member of Defense Research Institute (DRI). Past Chairman, Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB).





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Practice areas


  1. Business: 70%
    27 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Mediation: 5%
    20 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), contingent (30-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

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Matheson Inc.

9785 Goethe Road
Sacramento, CA, 95670


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Service-Board Member (10 Years)Selective Service System2013
Certificate of Service-Chairman, PC Planning BoardCity Council - San Diego2011
Certificate of Service-Ethics MonitorState Bar of California, Office of Trial Counsel1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemSan Diego County Superior Court2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw & Mediation Office of Charles Mellor1996 - 2015
Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Charlotte Venner (CNA Insurance)1989 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Corporate CounselMember2014 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Sonoma County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Attorney United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1989 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1989 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitPracticing Attorney1989 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1989 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Peninsula Community Planning BoardPast Chairman2009 - 2011
Business Networks InternationalPast President1997 - 1999
Delta Theta Phi Law FraternityJustice1982 - 1984
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Berk v Universal Money TradersSettled: $300,000.00
Bobbs v Southern Pacific EquityDismissed
Young v Southern Pacific CapitalDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
NewswireCJM Appointed Chief Legal Officer2015
Pathe v H&S Yacht SalesPress ReleaseN/A
TMZColeman FireN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLitigating the Mediated CaseN/A2011
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Western State University, San DiegoLaw StudiesOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ConferenceMediation-Searching for a Solution2014
ConferenceSmall Claims-A Tool for Landlords2014
ConferenceBusiness Sense-Can Risk Be Managed?2013
ConferenceSmall Claims Matters-Preparing Your Case2013
ConferenceInsurance-The Appraisal Process Following a Fire Loss2012
ConferenceRisk Management-Navigating the Waters of Risk2011
ConferenceInsurance-Good Faith & Fair Dealing in a Fire Loss2011
ConferenceAuto Accident-Remain Calm, Gather Information2009
ConferenceBasic Contracts2002
ConferenceAuto Accident-What to Do?1998