Mary Elizabeth Melech

Mary Elizabeth Melech

Associate
Location:
Huntington Beach, California
Phone:
714-969-9910
Fax:
714-465-9211
Email:

Mary Melech is a family law attorney at The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson in Huntington Beach, California. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her degree in Political Science. Upon graduation from UCLA, Mary attended Chapman University School of Law on a full merit scholarship. Mary graduated from law school in 2011, and was admitted to the State Bar of California later that year.

As a family law attorney, Mary's ultimate objective is to deliver results that will bring her clients peace, satisfaction, and resolution during an especially difficult period in their lives. To that end, Mary leaves no stone unturned during the representation of each of her clients. She is a true advocate who was "born to practice law". Mary's clients and colleagues will attest that her passion for the practice is manifest during every step of representation. In 2018, Mary was selected by Super Lawyers as one of Southern California's Rising Stars, which is an designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of lawyers statewide.

Mary became a lawyer to serve others, and considers pro bono work integral to her practice. She routinely volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inland Counties Legal Services, and HIS House transitional living facility in Placentia, California.

When Mary is not working, she spends her free time having fun with her family and saving the world.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2011

Education

  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • Juris Doctor - 2011
    • Honors: Public Interest Law Foundation Pro Bono Service Award, 2011
    • Honors: President’s Merit Scholarship, 2008
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 2008
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • The State of Facebook and Family Law, California Lawyer Magazine, 2016
  • Family law clinic provides educational escape from classroom (interview), Daily Journal, 2013

Classes/Seminars

  • "Family Law" - Inland County Legal Services Family Law Clinic, 2016
  • Family and Criminal Law Workshop- H.I.S. House -- Homeless Intervention Shelter and House Legal Workshop, 2016
  • "Expungements" - Orange County Clean Slate Expungement Clinic, 2015
  • Child Custody and Cannabis - "How Do I Keep My Kid and My Medical Cannabis?"- Orange County NORML Monthly Meeting 2016
  • "Modest Means Incubator Project" - State Bar of California Access to Justice Commission's Regional Meeting -- Los Angeles, 2014
  • "Modest Means Incubator Project" - State Bar of California Access to Justice Commission's Regional Meeting -- Fresno, 2014
  • "Internships with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County" - Internships with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County at Chapman University School of Law, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo: Superb Rated Attorney, 2016, 2016 - Present
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2018
  • Chapman University School of Law: Public Interest Law Foundation Pro Bono Service Award, 2011
  • Chapman University School of Law President's Merit Scholarship, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, Member, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, Associate Attorney, 2015 - 2018
  • Legal Aid Society Of Orange County, Supervising Attorney of Family Law Assessment Clinic, 2012 - 2015
  • Human Rights Watch, Extern, 2011
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office, Law Clerk, 2010
  • Legal Aid Society Of Orange County, Law Clerk, 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County, 2009 - Present
  • California High School Mock Trial Finals, Scoring Judge, 2017
  • Inland County Legal Services Family Law Clinic, 2016 - 2018
  • H.I.S. House -- Homeless Intervention Shelter and House Legal Workshop, 2016 - 2018