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Melissa D. Owens

San Diego

P 619-573-4930 F 619-573-4901


Melissa D. Owens


Melissa Owens is an associate in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers through litigation, advice and counsel matters, and preventative practices.

Melissa has experience handling individual plaintiff, PAGA, and class actions, ranging from wage and hour matters to retaliation and discrimination cases. She routinely provides advice and counsel to employers, including crafting tailored employee handbooks that are compliant with federal and California law, and anywhere the employer operates. In addition, she has advised on anti-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation policies and various leave requirements. 

Melissa is an active member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a diverse organization with the mission of advancing the status of women in the law and in society. She is currently serving as the co-chair for the law student outreach committee—facilitating law student transition into the San Diego legal community and encouraging student involvement. 

Additionally, Melissa serves as a pro bono attorney for Free to Thrive, San Diego—a non-profit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and to thrive by providing them with holistic and trauma-informed, legal and support services in collaboration with service partners, and by increasing access to justice for all survivors. 

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Lawyers Club San Diego
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Tom Homann Law Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Free to Thrive, Pro Bono Attorney