Melanie Ameele



Melanie Ameele is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Foley and Mansfield, where she defends manufacturers, distributors, contractors and an asbestos mine being sued by plaintiffs seeking millions of dollars in damages in high risk toxic tort, mass tort, product liability, and civil litigation matters.

Melanie represents clients in both federal and state court litigation and has extensive experience in every stage of litigation—from client counseling and management, discovery, witness preparation, corporate representative depositions, motion practice, pre-trial and trial matters. The breadth of Melanie’s knowledge allows her to adeptly handle complex, multi-faceted cases.

In preparing for trial, Melanie has successfully sought out fact witnesses to dispute claims brought by plaintiffs against her clients, thereby significantly lowering the value of the cases she defends. She has also drafted and argued numerous motions, both pre-trial and at trial, that have resulted in dismissals for her clients.

Melanie has served as an active co-chair and second chair on a number of trials, for various clients, having prepared and argued motions in limine, participated in voir dire, prepared witnesses for trial testimony and conducted the cross examinations of witnesses.


Presenter, Trial Ethics,  HarrisMartin's California Asbestos Litigation: Trial 101 Workshop, May 2017

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  • California; U.S. District Court
  • Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court
  • Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court
  • Southern District of California
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort / Mass Tort
  • Loyola Law School, 2003, JD
  • University of California - Santa Barbara, 2000, BA, Sociology
  • Law & Society, emphasis in Criminal Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

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