Melinda Gomez is a skilled litigator who chose a career in criminal law to make a difference in people’s lives. She believes that we are all “more than the worst thing we have ever done” and is passionate about the right to fair treatment.
Her path to a legal career was not immediate; sports was her first love. After four years of NCAA Division 1 Basketball during college, she played professionally in Spain. Wanting something more permanent in her life, Ms. Gomez decided to pursue a law career, enrolling in Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and interning with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. She discovered that her competitive athletic spirit transferred easily to the courtroom.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Gomez worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon, where she managed a juvenile delinquency case load. She also represented incarcerated individuals on post-conviction matters at the nonprofit organization. There she helped individuals and their families strategically petition the courts for reduced sentences.
In addition to gratifying work at Manshoory Law Group, Ms. Gomez gives back to her community, teaching others as an adjunct professor, and she continues to play basketball.