MELANIE L. RONEN
Melanie Ronen is a shareholder with Keesal, Young & Logan in its Long Beach office. Her practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and advisory matters.
Melanie works closely with employers to problem solve a wide variety of issues that arise in the workplace. This includes providing advice on employment law and related topics such as disability and protected leaves, employee privacy, wage and hour considerations, workplace violence, and retaliation and whistleblower concerns, as well as counseling on hiring, promotion, demotion, and termination issues. Melanie also assists employers with drafting and review of employment manuals and various employment-related agreements, forms, policies, and plans. She conducts workplace investigations following complaints and allegations of harassment, discrimination, bullying, and other unlawful or unwanted conduct, and counsels employers on moving forward when such concerns arise. Beyond providing pure legal advice, Melanie also strives to provide common-sense strategies for handling and resolving workplace conflicts in an effort to avoid litigation if possible.
Often times litigation is unavoidable. Melanie also regularly represents employers in judicial, arbitration, and administrative proceedings involving all manner of employment disputes, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour (including class and mass actions, and PAGA claims), breach of contract, defamation, unfair competition, and trade secret and raiding claims. As with her employment advisory practice, Melanie seeks to achieve her clients’ goals in the most pragmatic and cost-effective means possible.
Melanie represents clients from various industries including, financial services (i.e., banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors, insurance companies), manufacturing, software and technology, and transportation.
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 and Inclusion Committee. She was recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” from 2005 through 2012.
Melanie has also proudly served as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House since 2014. She served as the Board’s Secretary from 2017–2019. She is the current Vice President, Administration.
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (2002), named to the Order of Barristers
- B.A. (political science), Seattle University (1994)
- 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
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.
- Selected to Southern California Rising Star List (Thomson Reuters) (2005–2012) (a designation limited to 2.5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
- Member of Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House since 2014 and its Secretary 2017–2019; current Vice President, Administration.