Melissa L. LucarGeraci Law Firm
Melissa is an associate in the Securities and Corporate Department and focuses her practice in helping clients raise capital via private placements offerings and other alternative investments. Melissa also ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state securities laws and advices clients on how to organize and structure their business. Prior to joining Geraci the team, Melissa represented clients in a variety of tort liability cases where she handled discovery, pleadings, wrote settlement briefs, made court appearances, and conducted depositions.
Melissa graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was chosen for the Trial Practice Honors Board for her excellence in trial advocacy and also competed in Moot Court. She was also an editor in the UC Davis Business Law Journal where she received the Editor in Excellence award. During her second year, she participated in her law school’s Prison Law Clinic where she represented prisoners in habeas corpus petitions and advised them on their parole qualifications. After her first year of law school, Melissa clerked for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office where she assisted in capital punishment cases by analyzing and compiling evidence for trial. During the summer of her second year, she clerked for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she represented tenants in numerous unlawful detainer proceedings and negotiations and won and argued a motion for summary judgment. During her last year of law school, Melissa was a Legal Fellow to Commissioner Hochschild at the California Energy Commission where she analyzed the tax qualifications of master limited partnerships and the tax liability of renewable energy and energy companies and other national and international energy matters.
Melissa has published an academic article in the UC Davis Business Law Journal about corporate inversions, where she analyzed the manner in which corporations expatriate to foreign countries and the tax implications behind inversions for both the inverting company and shareholders.
Prior to law school, Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with a triple major in Economics, Psychology & Social Behavior, and Criminology and was part of the Dean’s Honors list. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, swimming, cooking, and being outdoors. She has completed a half marathon and plans on running a full marathon soon.