Melissa Engle, a partner at White and Bright, LLP, has been named a 2020 San Diego Rising Star by Super Lawyers. This is the fifth consecutive year that Ms. Engle has been recognized with this award; this repeated recognition serves as a testament to Engle's expertise and outstanding work ethic.
About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with the exception that the candidate must either be 40 years old or younger or have practiced for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named as Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named on the Rising Stars list. To be included as a Rising Star is an immense honor.
In addition to her Rising Star status, Engle is rated AV® Preeminent™ through Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest of Martindale-Hubbell's three levels of rating, and it serves as a sign of excellence in the legal field. Attorneys are evaluated by the judiciary and members of the bar from across the country.
Engle is a dedicated attorney with extensive experience in litigation. Her areas of expertise include real estate, business disputes, and employment law. Her clients admire her for her acute attention to detail and for the rigor with which she fights for and defends their rights. Engle takes it upon herself to ensure that each client's needs are met and expectations surpassed - she is well deserving of the many honors she has received.
White and Bright has been a North County San Diego-based law firm for more than 38 years, and attorneys such as Engle are bringing the firm into the future. Her discipline, drive, and determination help White and Bright maintain its status as a top law firm. Engle's capacity as a natural-born leader shines through in each of her endeavors; White and Bright is thrilled to have Engle lead its new generations of associates and mold them into the brilliant attorneys for which the firm has become known.
Education and Memberships
Engle earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles and her J.D. from California Western School of Law, where she was the co-founder of the CWSL Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecommunications clinic and where she received the Andrea Johnson Telecommunications Award.
Engle is admitted to practice law in the state of California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California. She is a barrister at the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court; she also serves as a Board member and Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the San Diego North County Bar Association. She has been published and engaged in multiple public speaking events, including Avoiding Practice Management Pitfalls for Solos and Small Firms, How to Protect Your Brand Using Trademarks, and Corporate Transactional Ethical Responsibilities.