Melissa M. Barcena


Los Angeles – Downtown, CA
D 213-615-7068


J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law  

Master’s of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution  

B.A., The Ohio State University, magna cum laude 

Practice Sections

Tort and Catastrophic Loss


Melissa Barcena is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP’s Los Angeles office. Her practice is primarily focused on complex commercial and civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients across industries and claims including construction, real estate, business, product liability, bodily injury, class actions, and catastrophic injury. Melissa is an experienced litigator that has handled state and federal cases, mediations, arbitrations, and trial with consistently favorable results. 

Before practicing law, Ms. Barcena attended The Ohio State University where she studied English and graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Barcena then attended Pepperdine University’s School of Law where she was on the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. Ms. Barcena also received her master’s degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. 

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