Melissa E. Adams

Melissa E. Adams

Managing Partner
Location:
Livermore, California
Phone:
925-449-0666
Fax:
(925) 449-3257
Email:

Melissa attended college in upstate New York, where she played Division I softball and pursued her degree in English. She graduated in 2002, and accepted a full scholarship to attend law school in Boston. In 2005, after studying in Boston, doing a study abroad in Malta and spending a year studying at California Western School of Law San Diego, Melissa graduated from the New England School of Law. That summer, Melissa sat for, and passed, the bar exam. Melissa worked for several years in San Diego, and discovered, almost immediately, that her calling was criminal defense. After working at a small firm doing both civil and criminal defense, Melissa decided to look for a new home where she could practice exclusively criminal defense. In 2008, she was hired by Timothy B. Rien, then a solo practitioner, and she has been at home in Livermore ever since.

Melissa is a tireless advocate for her clients. She works diligently to negotiate creative resolutions that meet the stated needs of her clients. Melissa is compassionate with clients, and zealous with prosecutors. Every client feels like a priority, and each is treated with respect and dignity. Melissa often encourages clients to call or email with questions, as often as needed in order to feel comfortable.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2016

Education

  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 2005
  • State University of New York, Geneseo, New York
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NACDL
  • CACJ
  • CPDA
  • ABA
  • CA State Bar

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC, Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • The McMillan Law Firm APC, Attorney, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • East Bay Stand Down, 2012 - Present
  • District Attorney's Justice Academy, 2015 - 2016

Languages

  • English