MELANIE L. RONEN


Melanie L. Ronen

Melanie Ronen is a shareholder with Keesal, Young & Logan.  She handles all aspects of general litigation and appeals, focusing primarily on employment, securities, and mortgage banking matters.

Melanie regularly represents employers in judicial, arbitration, and administrative proceedings involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour (including class and mass actions), breach of contract, defamation, unfair competition, and trade secret and raiding claims.  She also provides advice to employers on a wide range of topics, including disability and protected leaves, employee privacy, wage and hour considerations, and retaliation and whistleblower concerns, as well as other hiring, promotion, demotion, and termination issues.  In addition, Melanie assists employers with drafting and review of employment manuals and various employment-related agreements.  She conducts workplace investigations, and provides employee and management training on discrimination, harassment, and other employment issues.

Melanie defends financial services firms and individual securities brokers in matters involving claims for suitability, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, breach of contract, failure to execute, churning, unauthorized trading, selling away, failure to supervise, and violation of federal and state securities laws before securities arbitration forums, such as FINRA, as well as in state and federal court.

Melanie also represents the firm’s mortgage banking clients in connection with litigation matters.  She acts as counsel with respect to a wide variety of origination and servicing claims, including the defense of wrongful foreclosure and fraud claims, claims involving promised or failed loan modifications, unfair business practices, consumer protection, lien priority disputes, and misapplication of payment allegations.

Melanie serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Melanie received her B.A. degree in political science from Seattle University in 1994.  She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002 and was named to the Order of Barristers.  While in law school, Melanie was a member of the Moot Court Board and represented the University of San Diego in the Giles Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court competition.  She was recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” from 2005 through 2012.  Melanie is a member of the State Bars of Washington and California.  She is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and all of the United State District Courts in California.

Melanie has served as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House since 2014 and its Secretary since 2017.

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (2002), named to the Order of Barristers
  • B.A. (political science), Seattle University (1994)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • California (2002)
  • Washington (2015)
  • All United States District Courts in California
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Trial Results

Examples of employment matters for which Melanie was lead counsel include:

  • Motion to dismiss and Motion to strike class allegations granted in putative class action alleging age and gender discrimination.
  • Defense award in arbitration by former employee alleging sex discrimination and harassment.
  • Enforced employment contract on behalf of senior level manager resulting in recovery of full damages, interest, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully defended financial advisor team in partnership dispute brought by former team members.

Examples of securities matters for which Melanie was lead counsel include:

  • Defense award in arbitration brought by elderly customer alleging failure to execute
  • Expungement obtained on behalf of five financial following settlement of arbitration claim brought by multiple customers.
  • Employment Alert:  Breaking News Regarding Washington Meal Breaks (linked here) (June 29, 2017)
  • Employment Alert: The Impact of California Voters’ Approval of Prop 64 on Workplace Drug Policies (linked here) (November 8, 2016)
  • Los Angeles Magazine Southern California “Rising Star” (2005–2012)
  • Member of Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House since 2014 and its Secretary since 2017

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