Melissa Adams joined our New Lawyers Group (NLG) in 2019. The NLG provides our newest lawyers with the opportunity to gain exposure to different practice areas and lawyering styles before making a commitment to a specific practice. Individuals in the NLG may focus on a particular area of practice, or compare practices, during their first year with Jones Day.
Melissa is committed to public service and serving pro bono clients. Prior to law school, she served as an AmeriCorps JusticeCorps Graduate Fellow, where she assisted self-represented litigants with family and housing law issues in court-based self-help centers in Los Angeles County. She also has helped clients in their efforts to win asylee status.
Melissa is a member of the Mexican American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
- University of California, Irvine (J.D. magna cum laude 2018; UC Irvine Law Review; Pro Bono Graduation Honors; Co-Chair, Latinx Law Student Association and recipient of the inaugural Latino Excellence and Achievement Award); Georgetown University (B.A. in Government 2012)
- California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- Law Clerk to Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2018-2019)