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Melissa Adams focuses her practice on high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts, representing clients in matters involving business disputes and insurance coverage. She has experience in various aspects of litigation, including case management, offensive and defensive discovery, including depositions and witness preparation, motions practice, trial preparation, and appeals.

Melissa also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in immigration and appellate court. In addition, she serves as a member of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Melissa gained experience in a wide variety of legal matters while serving as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


  • LAUSD secures trial victory in Los Angeles Superior Court against its insurersJones Day represents Los Angeles Unified School District ("LAUSD") in seeking insurance coverage from multiple insurers in connection with highly-publicized claims against LAUSD that it negligently hired, retained, and supervised a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, who allegedly abused students, and for which the School District paid more than $180 million to settle claims.