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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.

Favorite Things

Defending my clients

Kickin ass and takin’ names

Fighting the good fight in heels


Defeating the bad guys

Super Legal Lifters


We understand that business and life are fluid and that’s why, Upift 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

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.

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.

Amy Lam

Legal Intern

Amy Lam is an aspiring attorney, currently in her second year at California Western School of Law. A SoCal native, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Psychology. She hopes to become a civil litigator someday, with an emphasis on business and employment law. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying out new cuisines. She is also a powerlifter and enjoys training for competitions.

Paul F. Vallejo

Firm Administrator

Paul is the Firm Administrator for Uplift Law. In this role, Paul helps Uplift Law with all administrative duties such as filings, communications and intakes, as well as managing our online presence. Paul assists Mel with everything that she needs and maintains everything organized and streamlined. Paul has always been passionate about issues of social injustice and inequality.

Paul is graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Spring 2020 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and an emphasis on American Studies. Throughout his education, Paul has always been involved in social justice groups on campus. Paul is also an avid gym-goer and weightlifter, although he is also interested in taking it to the next step and trying powerlifting soon. Paul is also fluent in Spanish and is endeavoring to be a court-certified translator.

In his free time, Paul enjoys going to the movies (an activity he jokingly refers to as one of his vices), traveling, and spending time with his loved ones and his 5 year-old pug Lucy.

Crystal Dumbleton

Junior Associate Attorney

Crystal graduated with honors from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Crystal is a force to be reckoned with and passionately defends her clients. She is passionate about helping people and standing up for social justice issues. Crystal is equal parts outspoken, honest and empathetic.

Crystal is a devoted animal lover and will never pass up the opportunity to pet a dog. In her free time, she also loves to go to the beach, travel and is a Disneyland annual passholder.

Nicholas You

Of Counsel

Nicholas You is an ambitious corporate attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), bringing in-house counsel and marketing experience in a wide variety of industries. He possesses extensive knowledge in contracts, trademarks, business formations, regulatory compliance, and business development through his diverse background.

As an attorney, he has served in in-house capacities with cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses, honing his corporate legal skills. Prior to practicing law, Nicholas worked in the sports, entertainment and fashion industries, most notably with the real-life inspiration to Jerry Maguire.

After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Nicholas attended Western State University College of Law on a scholarship where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree and a Business Law certificate.

When he is not providing white-glove legal services to his clients, Nicholas enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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!

Anthony Piersanti

Marketing Director

With over 15 plus years in film and video production, marketing, and web services, Anthony helps oversee the creative side of Uplift Law. With a focus on educating our clients, Anthony and the team at Uplift Law strive to create our informative series: Uplift Law FAQ’s, our series of Did You Know? content, and our promotional materials.

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

650. N Rose Drive, Ste.620

Placentia CA, 92870


Fax: 714-582-3990

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