Melanie P. Ochoa


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Melanie P. Ochoa is a litigator who focuses on general business and intellectual property matters. She represents a variety of companies and individuals across the telecommunications, health and wellness, apparel, utilities, and insurance industries, among other sectors.



Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Harvard University, PhD, Sociology and Social Policy
  • Harvard University, M.A., Sociology
  • Stanford University, B.A., Political Science

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Board Member

  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Delano Foundation for Law in the Public Interest


  • “Eye of the Beholder: Integrating Subjective Value into Social Organization Theory”
  • “Access to Courts and Videoconferencing in Immigration Court Proceedings,” 122 Harv. L. Rev. 1181 (2009)
  • Multi-year tax dispute involving major telecommunications entity
  • Trademark dispute involving major apparel company
  • Defending a major utility company in personal injury and wrongful death actions
  • Representing insurers in various personal injury actions
  • Appellate litigation regarding the copyrightability of a choreographic work using yoga poses