Melina Martinez

Melina Martinez

Associate

Melina Martinez enjoys working on complicated and interesting cases. Helping people during challenging moments is what she finds most rewarding. That’s why the practice of litigation suits her to a tee.

Melina has extensive experience handling all types of legal disputes and is a fierce advocate for her clients. Her wide range of experience in litigation includes investigating allegations, drafting and filing complaints, preparing discovery requests and responses, reviewing, and processing extensive discovery, and preparing for and conducting depositions. 

Melina has served as lead associate on many cases, which has allowed her to prepare and present motions, engage in court appearances, litigate interim issues in advance of trial or arbitration, conduct settlement negotiations, collaborate with outside experts, and act as second chair at arbitration proceedings. 

With a deep commitment to the community, Melina is actively involved in the Oregon State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, is a Commissioner and Publication’s Chair on the Oregon State Bar’s Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism, and is an Executive Committee member of The Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court. Before entering private practice, Melina served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Kelly Skye of the Multnomah County Circuit Court, where she gained valuable experience in trial management. Melina is proficient in Spanish and has experience in analyzing and translating foreign documents.

  • Ones to Watch, Litigation, Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, 2018 – present, Secretary - 2022 
  • Executive Committee, The Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 2020 – present 
  • Commissioner, Oregon State Bar, Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism, 2019 – present 
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association 
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers 
  • Member, Oregon Hispanic Bar Association 
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association 
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Oregon New Lawyers Division; Co-Chair, Membership Services Committee, 2019 – 2021 
  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA); Co-Chair, New Lawyers Section, 2018 – 2021 
  • Member, Executive Committee, Owen M. Panner American Inns of Court
  • Participant, Oregon Trial Lawyers, Leadership Academy

  • Oregon 
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon 
  • California (Pending)

  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 2016
  • Oregon State University, B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science 2011

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