Melissa D. Cardenas

Melissa D. Cardenas

Costa Mesa, California

Melissa Cardenas is an associate attorney at California Employment Counsel, APC, where she focuses her practice on Labor and Employment Law for both employees and employers. She previously represented defendant businesses and its employees in general liability, premises liability, security guard defense, personal injury litigation, and business litigation. Since joining firm, Ms. Cardenas has participated in obtaining several hundred thousand dollars in recoveries for the firm’s clients.

Ms. Cardenas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern School of Law in 2012. While obtaining her law degree, Ms. Cardenas externed for the Attorney General's office and successfully argued a Pitchess Motion.

Ms. Cardenas is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Cardenas is fluent in Spanish.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Labor & Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2012


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Public Interest
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.A. - 2009
    • Major: Cognitive Psychology

Past Employment Positions

  • Attorney General's office, Extern
  • Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, Associate, 2013 - 2014


  • Spanish
  • English