Ross Meltzer

Ross Meltzer

The most impor­tant aspect of being a lawyer to me is effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion between myself and my clients. I believe it is my respon­si­bil­ity to ensure my clients under­stand their legal rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties even if it may be some­thing they do not want to hear. I think too many attor­neys tell their clients what they want to hear. You should always be skep­ti­cal if your attor­ney tells you exactly what you want to hear. I think my lawyer­ing skills have been devel­oped through­out my life­time whether it was when I would nego­ti­ate with my par­ents to stay up longer when I was a child or when I was study­ing for law school exams.

How­ever, I have devel­oped my court­room skills through hun­dreds of bench tri­als in Sacra­mento County. Many of the cases were in the Juve­nile Depen­dency sys­tem. In these cases I fought for my clients to main­tain their chil­dren when Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices had removed them from the home. Dur­ing these cases, I cross exam­ined expert wit­nesses, pro­duced evi­dence at trial and wrote my own motions and briefs in sup­port of my clients when nec­es­sary. The rela­tion­ship between a par­ent and child is one of the most fun­da­men­tal and I strived to pre­serve it in every case.

I also bring sig­nif­i­cant court­room expe­ri­ence in the areas of crim­i­nal defense and fam­ily law. I have suc­cess­fully rep­re­sented defen­dants in Sacra­mento, Yolo, San Fran­cisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Con­tra Costa, Stanis­laus, and Placer county.

Prior to my lit­i­ga­tion expe­ri­ence, I nego­ti­ated set­tle­ments with the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice on behalf of tax­pay­ers who were unable to pay their taxes due to an inabil­ity to pay. These nego­ti­a­tions taught me the impor­tance of res­o­lu­tion in legal mat­ters as well as it helped me develop unique ways toprob­lem solve.

I was born and raised in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. I grad­u­ated the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, River­side with a B.A. in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence in 1999. I attended Santa Clara Uni­ver­sity School of Law and grad­u­ated with a J.D. in 2002. I am licensed to prac­tice law in the State of Cal­i­for­nia and the Ninth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals.

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San Fran­cisco Office
203 Wil­low St. Suite. 204
San Fran­cisco, CA 94109
Toll Free: (866) 957‑9966
Fax: (866) 855‑9737

Napa Office
575 Air­park Road
Napa, CA 94558
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