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Mel M.C. Cole practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, defending both large corporations and small businesses in lawsuits and agency claims, including class and collective actions, that involve:

  • Independent contractor misclassification
  • Employee wage and hour claims
  • Discrimination and profiling
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful termination

Mel also routinely counsels clients on:

  • Worker classification
  • The proper handling of termination and discipline decisions
  • Workplace accommodation issues
  • Litigation avoidance
  • All other aspects of employee management

Mel’s practice is goal-oriented, working to get her clients what they want, whether it is to forge into new legal territory or resolve matters quickly. Mel works within the realities of the client’s business to help her clients manage and understand risk, and to achieve practical solutions efficiently.

She serves on Littler's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a co-chair of the firm's Reunión affinity group.

During law school, she was an intern in the U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. She was also an extern for the Hon. Steven A. Brick, who presided over the Complex Civil Litigation Department of the Alameda County Superior Court. 

Before law school, Mel served in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco.


Recipient, Prosser Prize in Written and Oral Advocacy


Speaking Engagements

Transformation of California's Independent Contractor Laws

San Francisco, CA

December 3, 2019


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Spanish

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