Melissa Grant, Partner
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
P: 310.712.8021 | F: 310.943.0396
Melissa Grant is a partner with Capstone Law and leads one of the firm’s litigation teams. Her practice focuses on prosecuting consumer and wage-and-hour class actions and representative Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions. In recent months, Melissa has obtained certification of a class of 600 insurance sales representatives for the failure to reimburse necessary business expenses and negotiated several significant settlements. Prior to joining Capstone, Melissa participated in the litigation and settlement of a class action against a nationwide hotel chain alleging the failure to properly disclose resort fees, the coupon settlement of which had an estimated value of $40.4 million.
Melissa began her legal career as an associate with Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in commercial litigation. She also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division, investigating ongoing violations of federal securities regulations and statutes. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, Justice, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to practicing law, Melissa worked in public relations. Melissa graduated from Southwestern Law School in 1999, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where she received the JFK Public Service Award and the Outstanding Senior Award.
Melissa is the current President of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club and delegate to the California Democratic Party Convention. She is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), and a past Advisory Board Member of the Western Center on Law & Poverty. Her published articles include: Battling for ERISA Benefits in the Ninth Circuit: Overcoming Abuse of Discretion Review, 28 Sw. U. L. Rev. 93 (1998), and CLE Class Actions Conference (SF) CAFA: Early Decisions on Commencement and Removal of Actions (2006). Melissa is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.