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Baker Marquart is pleased to announce that Melissa Meister has joined the firm in its Los Angeles office. Melissa works on both high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation. She has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.

“We are excited to have Melissa join the team. She is a hard-charging and talented trial attorney, who can draw on her valuable experience serving as a federal prosecutor in two districts,” said partner Brian Klein.

Melissa has represented Fortune 500 companies, blockchain and cryptocurrency startups, visionaries, hospitals, doctors, large pension funds, public universities, whistleblowers, and individuals in a variety of criminal and civil matters throughout the country.

Melissa has particular experience in parallel criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions, including numerous fraud, cryptocurrency, and False Claims Act matters.

Founding partner Ryan Baker added, “with Melissa’s recent addition, Baker Marquart continues to build its stellar roster of talented and well-rounded lawyers. Melissa’s skill and experience make her a perfect fit. The firm is lucky to have her.”

Melissa attended The University of Arizona. After law school, she clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge William C. Canby. She then joined the Department of Justice Honors Attorney program. Melissa spent five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona and Southern District of California.

She is admitted to practice in California, Arizona, and the District of Colombia.

About Baker Marquart

Baker Marquart, based in Los Angeles, is a litigation boutique known for winning trials and appeals for Fortune 500 companies, startups and high-net-worth individuals. The firm handles high-stakes matters often involving innovative technology where complex legal issues are at play. The firm’s trial, appellate, and regulatory practice includes: antitrust and trade regulation, commercial disputes, corporate governance, criminal defense, cybersecurity, employment, entertainment, financial technology, intellectual property, patent litigation and securities.

Learn more about Melissa here.