Melissa J. Kendra

San Francisco

P 415-796-5445 F 415-394-9401


Melissa J. Kendra


Melissa J. Kendra is an associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She defends employers in all phases of employment litigation and against claims, including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and whistleblower claims, and wage-and-hour violations. Additionally, her practice includes providing employers with preventive advice and counseling.  

Melissa also handles claims before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has represented organizations, executives, and supervisors from various industries, including healthcare, education, food and beverage, and non-profit organizations.  

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Melissa served as senior counsel in the employment practice group at a national law firm. She has also served as adjunct professor of Advanced Legal Writing and alumni moot court coach for several national award-winning teams, both at Hastings College of the Law.

While attending law school, Melissa served as the executive articles editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and moot court board member. She also competed in several national competitions, winning First Place Oralist in the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament and First Place Team and Second Place Brief in the Prince Evidence Competition.