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Melissa E. Adams

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

Melissa E. Adams Defense Attorney

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
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • 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

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP)
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • California Attorneys For Criminal Justice (CACJ) (Life Member)
  • California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA)

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Timothy B. Rien, 2008 – 2016
  • 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