Melissa H. Lum acts as general counsel to small and mid-size businesses. Her passion lies in helping businesses flourish through strategic business planning and risk management. As both a litigator and transactional attorney, she offers a variety of services which uniquely enable her to counsel clients through the entire life-cycle of their business.
At the startup level, Ms. Lum works with clients to build a solid legal foundation through business structuring, drafting and negotiating contracts (i.e. buy-sell agreements, commercial leases, informed consents, service agreements, employment agreements, etc.), and advising clients regarding HIPAA compliance, wage and hour, as well as harassment and discrimination laws.
As her clients’ businesses mature, she is also there to provide guidance and support. Ms. Lum provides strategic advice and services for businesses that are seeking investors, looking to acquire or sell a business, or wind down.
She is also equipped to handle legal disputes. At some point during their life-cycle, most businesses will face a wage and hour claim, sexual harassment or discrimination claim, shareholder dispute, or contract dispute. When this occurs, Ms. Lum zealously prosecutes or defends these actions.
Ms. Lum represents a variety of clients, including restauranteurs, architects, physicians, and dentists. Her clients appreciate her practical, strategic, and results-oriented approach, and her commitment to keeping her clients informed so that they can make the best decisions.
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Ms. Lum received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Ms. Lum is an active member of the Junior League of San Diego, which is part of an international organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As a leader within the league, Ms. Lum works to provide personal and professional training opportunities for league members and the San Diego community, to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to raise funds benefitting transition-aged foster youth. Through the league, Ms. Lum also volunteers her time at soup kitchens and programs benefitting disenfranchised youth.
Ms. Lum is a native San Diegan, who enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her family and taking care of her neighbor’s two cats. She is also a passionate Lacrosse player and has coached for several San Diego middle school and high school teams, as well as private camps.