Claire Melehani

Associate Attorney

Family Law

Claire exclusively practices family law and brings to her practice a variety of experiences that inform her cases and benefit her clients. Claire has a strong finance background, as she worked as an investment banking analyst for a global investment bank before attending law school. This unique training provided her with skills to fully understand and competently present arguments in court concerning the valuation of couples’ assets and debts, especially closely-held businesses.

Claire is also an advocate for children’s rights and domestic violence victims. Through her work as a Guardian ad Litem for children in the foster care system, she advocated for abused and neglected children. Claire furthered her knowledge of family safety issues through her work at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the Family Protection Division. There, she helped prosecute crimes of murder, domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children, and elder abuse. Claire also worked on the other side of the bench interning for judges, where she drafted bench memos and opinions for Domestic Court and Court of Appeals cases.

Claire has written several academic papers on parental alienation, is well-versed in the literature, and is prepared to work with experts to either support proper alienation claims or counter improper claims brought against protective parents. Altogether, Claire’s diverse experiences make her a well-rounded advocate for her clients.


  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association


  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill), 2018
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Duke University, 2015           
  • B.S. in Economics, Duke University, 2014           
  • Certificate in Markets and Management, Duke University, 2014