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Melissa A. Ignacio

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 Melissa Ignacio focuses on criminal defense, juvenile law, and litigation. She is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law, where she served as an editor on the UC Davis Law Review Vol. 44, and was a chairperson of the Trial Practice Honors Board.

EXPERIENCE
Shortly after receiving her bar license in 2011, Ms. Ignacio was hired as Solano County's very first special prosecutor assigned to the newly-created Realignment (AB 109) Unit in the District Attorney's Office. She obtained specialized knowledge in alternative sentencing of low-level felony offenders. She has worked closely with probation officers and mental health experts to develop an acute understanding of individual offenders suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.

As a former Deputy District Attorney, she has tried a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases to verdict. She has conducted over 300 evidentiary hearings, including felony preliminary hearings, probation violation hearings, motions to suppress evidence. She also worked in the Juvenile Unit, where she learned about accountability and competency development needs of youth offenders in a rehabilitative court system.

In addition to extensive trial and courtroom experience, she gained familiarity with appellate work while interning at the California Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals and Writs Division. She has filed briefs in the First and Third District Courts of Appeals. While attending law school, she worked as a law clerk at the US Attorney's Eastern District office, where she was assigned to the fire litigation unit. During that time she performed early legal research in the federal negligence case against Sierra Pacific Industry for the 2007 Moonlight Fire in Lassen County.

LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
Contra Costa County Bar Association
Contra Costa Criminal Conflict Program
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Solano County
California State Bar Association

EDUCATION
UC Davis School of Law, J.D. 2011
UC Davis, B.A. with honors, Political Science and Sociology, 2008

Ms. Ignacio resides in Danville with her fiancé and their cats. She enjoys reading, cooking, antiquing, and traveling.