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Melissa Tribble is a Litigation Fellow at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, Melissa’s practice has focused on gender, pregnancy, and race discrimination. Working with a team of Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys, Melissa has represented clients including:

  • three individuals who experienced pervasive race discrimination at a central California factory
  • a female lawyer who was replaced during maternity leave
  • an employee who was denied promotional opportunities and forced out of her company after maternity leave

Melissa received her law degree from University of California, Davis School of Law and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from University of California, Santa Cruz. While at UC Davis School of Law, Melissa served as a Senior Articles Editor on the UC Davis Law Review and was a member of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She served as the Vice President of External Affairs and as a 3L Representative for the Law Students Association, UC Davis Law School’s student government. She co-chaired the UC Davis chapter of If/When/How: Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Melissa received three Witkin awards for earning the highest grade in her law school courses. While at UC Santa Cruz, Melissa was a UC Regents Scholar and received the Stevenson Senior Legacy award and highest honors in her major.

A member of the California bar, Melissa has authored an article entitled “Free Speech off My Body: Protecting Abortion Patients and Medical Privacy in Light of the First Amendment,” published in the UC Davis Law Review.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Melissa interned at the ACLU in the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where she gained experience in constitutional law and civil rights litigation.

When Melissa is not lawyering, she enjoys yoga, rock climbing, and watching the Great British Baking Show with her cat, Bixby.


    • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law
    • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

    Bar Admissions

    • California, 2021
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    Melissa Tribble

    Litigation Fellow