Mark I. Melo

Special Counsel P: 818 243 5200
F: 818 243 5266

Mark Melo is Special Counsel at Bradley, Gmelich + Wellerstein LLP and heads the Firm’s Law and Motion Department. Mr. Melo has over 24 years of litigation experience, including substantial experience in premises liability, products liability, and public entity defense. He has represented grocery and department store operators, restaurant franchisors and franchisees, security guard companies, and commercial landlords and property managers in cases involving slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents, as well as injuries caused by third-party criminal conduct.

Mr. Melo collaborates with other attorneys in the Firm in the initial assessment of incoming cases, and development of pre-trial strategy. He coordinates motions in limine for our trial teams and supervises attorneys in the preparation of discovery motions and dispositive motions. Mr. Melo has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal in the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles, and also trains and mentors law clerks employed by the Firm.


  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1994



Speaking Engagements

  •  “Motions for Summary Judgment: Replying to Oppositions and Preparing Oral Argument,” MCLE, January 2016
  • “Have Fun Storming the Castle: Winning Discovery Disputes,” MCLE, May 2014
  • “The Crayola Network: Social Media Concerns for Educators,” School District Employee Seminar, January 2011
  • “Winning a SLAPP Bet: Recognizing and Responding to SLAPP Suits,” MCLE, January 2010


Community Activities

  • Centre Stage, Inc. (non-profit youth theatre company), Photographer and Key Parent Volunteer, 2016 – Present
  • Arcadia Stage (public high school theatre company), House Manager, 2018 – Present
  • Monrovia Days Annual Carnival, Volunteer, 2018 – Present
  • Legal Voices Chorus, Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, 2009 – 2017


  • University of California, Los Angeles, JD, 1997
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA, magna cum laude, 1994


  • State Bar of California


  • United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California