Law School: California Western School of Law
College: State University of New York - Albany
Melissa Bobrow recently tried an assault likely to produce great bodily injury case in Vista. At the close of the prosecution’s case, she obtained a dismissal of the “great bodily injury” enhancement. She won not-guilty verdicts for both felony and misdemeanor elder abuse charges. After a hung jury on the remaining charge, Bobrow secured a reduced charge. Working with H. Dean Steward at the start of her career, she represented clients in a variety of high-profile, federal white-collar criminal cases, including United States v. Tan Nguyen, in which she won a Motion for a Bill of Particulars.
Bobrow is the inaugural recipient of the Cal Western Alumni Board Rising Star Award. The award is presented to graduates of the past 10 years who make significant achievements and demonstrate a high level of community involvement. The award will be formally presented on Sept. 27 at the annual Reunion Celebration in San Diego. In 2010, Bobrow started her own law practice. She has second-chaired multiple federal criminal trials and cross-examined expert witnesses. Bobrow also contributed to writing a Ninth Circuit appeal. Her caseload includes violent crimes, white-collar fraud, aviation crimes and drug crimes.
In 2014, Bobrow was nominated by the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to be on the white-collar defense committee and the Fourth Amendment committee. The committees write legislation, testify before congress and gain congressional support for the bills. In 2013, Bobrow joined the federal pro bono panel representing indigent pro se litigants in federal court, handling primarily prisoners' rights trials. She also reviews case files for the California Innocence Project, pro bono. Bobrow is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego and of its networking events committee.
Bobrow serves on the Cal Western Alumni Board. She is also on the membership committee of Run Women Run, a non-partisan organization that supports and endorses pro-choice female candidates in California.
Prior to attending law school, Bobrow was a production intern for “Law and Order.”