Melanie M. Hamilton

Melanie M. Hamilton: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Ms. Hamilton is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Orange County office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Hamilton represents employers in all facets of employment-related litigation matters, including matters involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to defending complex wage and hour class actions and representative actions, including claims for overtime pay, meal and rest period violations, misclassification, unlawful time rounding, and noncompliant pay stubs.

Ms. Hamilton has substantial experience defending against claims arising under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the California Labor Code, and state, federal and local wage and hour laws.

Ms. Hamilton works with clients in a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. She has represented employers in both state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Ms. Hamilton handles all aspects of the litigation process, from case inception through trial. She has jury trial experience, successfully defending harassment and discrimination claims. She also has experience in arbitration as well as before the California Court of Appeal, obtaining several favorable decisions.

In addition to civil litigation matters, Ms. Hamilton also provides strategic advice to employers on a wide range of employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, employee classification, employee discipline and termination, personnel policies and employee handbooks, and OSHA matters.


•Extern to the Honorable Michael Nash, Los Angeles Superior Court, Juvenile Division


Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

• Deadline for Compliance with New EEO-1 Form Stayed Indefinitely, August 31, 2017
• Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement, August 26, 2016
• California Supreme Court Holds That Proof That Employer Would Have Made Same Employment Decision Absent Discrimination Precludes Award Of Damages, Backpay, Or Reinstatement, February 11, 2013
• Unpaid Internships: Do They Violate the FLSA?, October 4, 2010

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Employee Hiring/Discipline/Termination
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Health and Safety Regulations/OSHA
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Retail

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
714.424.2874  Phone
714.424.5994  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, college honors, 2006
Law School Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., Production Editor, UCLA Women's Law Journal, 2009
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; 2009, California
Reported Cases:
Published Decisions: Dickson v. Burke Williams, Inc., 234 Cal. App. 4th 1307 (2015).

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