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“My business is your business. I intimately know the ups, downs, and tribulations of any small business owner because I am one myself. In that regard, I understand the ebbs and flows of business such that my firm and myself will fortify and protect you and yours.”

Melissa Fulgencio

Melissa Fulgencio is no stranger to the adversary. She began her legal career in litigation and hailed from several prominent plaintiff firms. Her legal disciplines are in business and employment law, which prove a successful marriage in counseling and fighting on behalf of any small business owner and entrepreneur. 

Professional Life and Practice

Not a believer in keeping her clients at an arm’s length distance, behind hierarchical tradition, a stuffy, cold office with a fake law library, and a client response time spanning a day or even weeks. Uplift Law was built upon the new premise of an attorney client relationship built upon trust and strength through collaboration. Melissa has built this Firm with the Client as the focal point. The Firm endeavors to shadow the Client to meet the ever-change and fluid needs of real life and the ever-changing dynamic of business.

Melissa began her legal career in the court room as a litigator in both business and employment law and has found substantial legal success in representing the “little guy” against Goliath adversaries. Fearless, bold, and focused are the mantras of this Firm.
Melissa credits her legal success to unrelenting work ethic, tenacity, and integrity. She walks the talk and while others may say “no,” Melissa wields such a response as a “not yet.” With her, you get strong together.

“I put my client first. That’s non-negotiable. And no matter what, we will fight the good fight no matter how challenging our adversary.”

Personal Life

Melissa graduated from the University of California, Irvine, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts as a double major in Political Science and English Literature. She then received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and Honors Moot Court. Throughout her college and law school years, Melissa has been heavily involved in student activities and community outreach.

Melissa is not only a powerhouse in the courtroom, but also in her personal life. She is a highly and nationally-ranked athlete in the sport of Powerlifting in the esteemed powerlifting federations, USPA and USAPL.

THE LAWYERLIFTER PODCAST

 

Hello and welcome to LAWYERLIFTER PODCAST, where we talk business, law, and what keeps me sane, powerlifting. I’m your host, Melissa Fulgencio, and today we’re going to talk a little bit about what Lawyerlifter is and what I hope our listeners will get out of it. I’ll then offer a bit of business advice, talk about about my recent marriage and what its taught me about busniness, and finally you can learn a bit about my thoughts on getting ready to compete again during the pandemic.

Hope you enjoy…

Super Legal Lifters

MEET THE LEGAL TEAM

We understand that business and life are fluid and that’s why, Uplift Law is comprised of a legal team always at the ready to address any of your legal needs. From manifesting your idea into the formation of a business entity, fee split agreements with another creative mind, advisement related to independent contractors, or the prosecution of a potential wrongdoing to your business, we have the tools and know-how to do it all. We are the ultimate one-stop shop for you.

John Scholz

Senior Associate Attorney

John Scholz is an associate attorney at Uplift Law who represents clients in all types and phases of civil litigation and transactional matters including business, commercial, employment, real estate and appellate work.

Mr. Scholz’s clients, regardless of size, appreciate his consistently attentive service and dedication to their pending matters.

Prior to joining Uplift Law, Mr. Scholz spent 17 years from 1999 to 2016 with Lerner & McDonald, a boutique firm in Orange County, handling matters from Small Claims Court Appeals to the United States Supreme Court and in between.  Since 2016, Mr. Scholz has been practicing in both California and Colorado as a sole practitioner and a contract attorney.

Mr. Scholz is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (B.A. Political Science and Social Ecology in 1990; Secondary Education Teaching Credential in 1992) and Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D. 1997) where he graduated with honors while earning awards for finishing at the top of his class in Legal Writing and Real Property.  

Mr. Scholz is admitted to practice in both California and Colorado and admitted to the California and Colorado Supreme Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and multiple United States District Courts.

Mr. Scholz enjoys practicing law, oceans, beaches and mountains and spending time with his wife outdoors in all seasons.

Bill Hopkins

Associate Attorney

With over 20 years of civil litigation experience, Bill’s practice has encompassed a diverse range of areas, including employment law, personal injury, business transactions, family law, commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters, insurance defense, and others.
Bill earned his undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and then attended law school at Howard University School of Law.
Alongside his practice, he has remained committed to serving the needs of low-income individuals and families through pro bono activities.

Mandana Jafarinejad

Of Counsel

Mandana is a registered patent attorney who has been protecting new ideas since 2010. She served as an in-house patent attorney for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company and now proudly represents growing businesses and start-ups in a variety of industries.

After graduating from Cal Poly with a B.S. in biology, Mandana was a research scientist for several years before deciding to go to law school. She attended Western State University, College of Law where she met Mel.

Mandana enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and son. Their family maintains an active lifestyle, including playing tennis, swimming, going to the gym as a family and most importantly, chasing after a toddler.

Will Barns

Office Manager

Will recently graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Business Administration: Human Resource Management. Will looks to make an impact in his community wherever and whenever possible. Only through service can we really appreciate others.

Will is a subpar chess player who has recently been inspired to hone his craft. When he has time to waste you can find him watching Sci-Fi films, bodyboarding, or spending time with friends.

Nicholas You

Of Counsel

Nicholas You is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) bringing in-house counsel and marketing experience in a wide variety of industries. His work focuses primarily in the areas of data privacy, contract drafting and negotiation, due diligence, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and intellectual property.

Nicholas has worked with cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses after gaining valuable experience in the consumer goods/e-commerce and sports/entertainment industries. His experience also includes serving as an outside general counsel to numerous startup and small to mid-sized business, providing key insight on a variety of business areas

Angie Conquer

Senior Paralegal

Angie Conquer is a senior paralegal in the areas of civil and business litigation. Angie provides support to the attorneys and clients through scheduling, drafting of documents, maintaining files, and helping to prepare for mediations, hearings, and trials. Angie brings more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the litigation process beginning with the initiation of a matter through the motions & discovery phase to resolution whether it be settlement, mediation, trial or appeal.

Angie works hands-on with clients through every step of their case from the scheduling of their initial consultation through the conclusion of the case. She helps clients navigate the legal process with compassion and understanding while keeping them updated and informed.

When not working Angie is an avid traveler who has visited 32 countries, 38 of the United States, and taken more than a dozen cruises. Angie enjoys spending time with her husband in beautiful California and visiting her children & grandchildren on the East Coast. Angie is a life-long Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Roll Tide!

Czar Majan

Legal Intern

Czar Majan is an aspiring attorney from University of La Verne, School of Law. She graduated as Cum Laude from Biola University with a B.A. in public administration and a minor in business management. A debater at heart, she has won several debate competitions and used her skills to contribute in La Verne’s Moot Court program and the Appellate Advocacy Clinic for misdemeanor cases. Passionate about public service, Czar desires to serve as a voice and advocate for her community and underrepresented groups through the practice of law. In her spare time, she loves to read fiction, keep up with current events, and spend time with family and friends.

Cameron Cabrera

Assistant

Cameron is a graduate from Mater Dei High School and currently taking a gap year. She is aspiring to graduate from a four year college in hopes to attend law school one day. Cameron is a legal assistant at Uplift Law assisting Will, Uplift Law’s Office Manager, in business matters as well as communicating with potential new clients.

In her free time, you can find Cameron shopping for shoes or going to the beach with her friends.

Admissions to Practice

All California state courts

  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional memberships and associations

  • California State Bar
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Philippine American Bar Association
  • Filipino American Lawyers of Orange County

Uplift Law moves with you and maintains a completely remote and digital law firm. Our mailing address is:

650 N. Rose Dr., Ste. 620 Placentia, CA 92870

info@upliftlaw.net

714-248-5612

Fax: 714-582-3990

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