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Melinda Carrido

Associate - los angeles


A litigator’s rewards do not come easily. Satisfying results take sweat, hard work, and perseverance.

Melinda approaches her play as she does her work. It’s no easy task to get off-the-grid and escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. When Melinda finally has a chance to get away, she takes a beautiful camping retreat on the California Channel Islands. Her reward is found in the long journey to the interior of Santa Cruz island. An hour-long boat ride from the coast of California, a couple of miles’ worth of hiking inland from the island’s dock, and dozens of miles from the nearest cell phone connection or electronic gadget, this is no ordinary camping trip. You don’t drive up, pitch a tent, and walk a block to town for another bag of ice. You only bring what you can carry on the hike to the secluded campground. Once camp is set, it’s time to explore. Melinda’s days are spent trekking a dozen miles through a variety of different scenery, whether it’s up to the island’s highest bluffs to watch the sunset, descending the island’s hills to spend some time on a secluded beach, or exploring the island’s caves.

Melinda’s most treasured moment on the trip? Dinner. Each person in the group of ten carries the ingredients for his or her culinary contribution. Whether the menu includes paella, stew, or chili, everyone participates in the hours long tradition of putting together the elaborate feast. If they’re lucky, they add a fish or two from the daily catch. As her face glows from the campfire, and her muscles relax from a long day of physical exertion, Melinda is reminded of the valuable things in life: a team that has your back, nature’s tranquility, fresh air, and an understanding that the most satisfying things in life almost invariably require a bit of hard work.


Legal Expertise

Ms. Carrido has a wide range of experience as a litigator in state and federal court. She has established her practice by developing case strategy, taking depositions, preparing for and engaging in trial, and handling several matters on appeal. Ms. Carrido’s representative practice areas include general commercial litigation, product liability, real property, and trust and estate litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Served as second chair trial counsel against one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers in a contractual dispute relating to commercial satellite launches.
  • Served as third chair trial counsel for a multinational oil and gas company in a maritime action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Achieved summary judgment, in favor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, against a plaintiff’s constitutional challenge to the City’s ban on mobile billboard advertising.
  • Further represented the City of Rancho Cucamonga in the Plaintiff-Appellant’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit concerning the constitutionality of City’s ban on mobile billboard advertising. The Ninth Circuit, in a published decision, affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment. Lone Star Security and Video, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles et al., No. 14-55050 (9th Cir. filed July 7, 2016).
  • Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the California Chamber of Commerce defending the constitutionality of certain Labor Code provisions. A California Court of Appeal upheld the provisions as constitutional.
  • Currently representing trustees for various multi-million dollar trusts against beneficiary’s petition for their removal.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (2009-2016)
  • Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) (2016)

Other Career Experience

  • Associate, Litigation, Dentons (2015-2016)
  • Associate, Litigation, McKenna Long & Aldridge (2015-2015)
  • Associate, Litigation, Haight Brown & Bonesteel (2012-2015)


  • All California Courts
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  •   Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  •   Central and Northern Districts of California


Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, B.A., Philosophy, 2009

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