Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner: Attorney with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP


Melissa Gardner is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Melissa was a semi-finalist in the Harvard Ames Moot Court Competition, as well as a Student Attorney with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project and South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Melissa worked at Emery Celli Brinckherhoff & Abady, and also worked as a law clerk with South Brooklyn Legal Services, where she assisted with the Workers’ Rights and Government Benefits Unit.

Melissa served in the United States Peace Corps from 2005 to 2008, where she taught college students at Gansu Forestry College in Tianshui, China.

Published Works

•Co-Author, “Play Ball: Potential Private Rights of Action Emerging From the FIFA Corruption Scandal,” 11 Business Torts & RICO News 1, Summer 2015

Honors and Awards

• Rising Star for Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2019

Past Employment Positions

•Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, Associate, 2012
•South Brooklyn Legal Services, Law Clerk, 2011 - 2012
•Peace Corps Volunteer, China, 2005 - 2008

In the News

•March 16, 2018
Lieff Cabraser’s Melissa Gardner & Phong-Chau Nguyen Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers for 2017 Pro Bono Work
•March 17, 2017
Justice & Diversity Center Recognizes Lieff Cabraser Associates as Outstanding Volunteers
•August 18, 2015
FIFA Bribery Scandal & Potential For Private Lawsuits

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Consumer Protection
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Personal Injury & Mass Torts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415-956-1000 Ext.2209  Phone
415.956.1008  Fax
University Attended:
Western Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., Law Journal: Harvard International Law Journal, Member, 2011
Year of First Admission:
2013, New York; 2013, California; 2013, U.S. District Court Northern District of California; 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit; 2019, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Professional Associations and Memberships

•American Association for Justice
•American Bar Association
•Bar Association of San Francisco
•California Women Lawyers, District Governor (2018-present)
•Consumer Attorneys of California, Leadership Academy (2019)
•Ms. JD, Board of Directors (2015-2018)
•State Bar of California
•State Bar of New York


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San Francisco, California

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