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About Melinda

A prominent figure in Sacramento for over two decades, Melinda Guzman is a leading litigator and business advocate with a footprint that goes well beyond the River City.  Melinda is now leading her own law firm where she represents business clients and individuals through all stages of the litigation process and provides counsel that produces results.  Her consistent, honest and prepared approach has garnered her respect from her clients while her quick wit makes for formidable opposition to opposing counsel and productive mediation sessions. 

Melinda is dedicated to her clients. No attorney works harder.

Melinda is not just a litigator.  She analyzes businesses from a financial and operational perspective and excels in providing counsel to distressed companies as they work to avoid bankruptcy.  Her expertise ranges from small, family-owned companies to corporations in excess of $100 million in assets. 

 

Melinda is your partner whether you are an institutional client, business or individual.  Melinda works alongside her clients to resolve their disputes, enforce their legal rights or provide ongoing legal counsel.  The legal strategies she devises are always geared towards achieving your business objectives.

 

Melinda is committed to justice and is a dedicated public servant.  She was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as a Trustee of the California State University system (2004 - 2012).  She served as a Commissioner for the California Post-Secondary Commission, which served as the state's planning and coordinating body for higher education (2006 – 2011).  In 2011, Ms. Guzman was appointed by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to Chair the California Insurance Diversity Task Force to explore issues regarding diversity in the insurance industry in governance, philanthropy, supplier diversity and member issues. In 2003, she was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

 

Melinda has extensive corporate governance experience and regularly speaks and trains on the fiduciary duties of Officers and Directors of Boards.  Since 2007, Melinda has served as an independent director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco where she is currently Vice Chair.  She served as an independent director of Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. from 2004-2005; a publicly traded telecommunications company located in Stockton, California. In recognition of her significant experience serving on public and private boards of directors, Melinda has been honored as a Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

 

Melinda advocates for small business.  She served as General Counsel of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation from 2004 - 2010.  She assisted in all aspects of the USHCC operations, including oversight in managing its approximate $11 million annual budget and management of USHCC assets which included a national television program which reached 88% of the US Hispanic market, its interests in a $150MM venture capital fund, its interests in a national magazine and a subsidiary in Mexico.  She is currently General Counsel to the National Utilities Diversity Counsel, the California Emerging Technology Fund, the California Tele-health Network, MAAP, Inc. and several other companies.

 

Melinda is engaged in her community.  She is a former Trustee for the U.C. Davis Foundation, former Director of the Make A Wish Foundation and of the KVIE PBS and Davis Community Television stations.

 

Melinda was born and raised in Fairfield, California and is the daughter of the late Amado Guzman and Anita Guzman.  She is a first generation college graduate and currently resides in Fair Oaks, California. 

Melinda Guzman

Education

University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Davis, B.A.

Admissions

State of California

District of Columbia

California Department of Real Estate

Activities

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

- Vice Chair, present; Director 2007 - present

Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

- Director, 2016 - present

National Association of Corporate Directors

- Board Leadership Fellow

Cien Amigos

- Chair Emeritus and Founding Member

California Restaurant Association

- Past Director

California State University System

- Trustee, 2004-2012

Pac-West Telecomm, Inc.

- Director, 2004-2005

California Post Secondary Commission

- Commissioner, 2006-2011

California Community Colleges

- Board of Governors, 2003-2004

Nehemiah Corporation of America

- Former Chair

Law Practice Management Section, California State Bar

- Former Executive Committee Member

La Raza National Lawyers Association

- Executive Committee Member, 1989

Women Lawyers of Sacramento

- Former Executive Committee Member

Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

2014 - Ohtli Award – Highest distinction bestowed by the Government of Mexico to a Hispanic/Latino leader whose efforts have significantly contributed to the empowerment of Mexican communities abroad

2013 - Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine

2011 - "Latina Leader of the Year" by the Latino Journal Magazine

2008 - National "Latina Leadership Award" by Latino Leaders Magazine

2004 - One of The 100 Influentials by Hispanic Business magazine

1998 - Luminary Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners for her leadership in business

2005 and 1999 - Business Woman of the Year by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

1999 -  Top "40 under 40" by the Sacramento Business Journal

1999 - Recognized by Univision and McDonalds Corporations for her leadership in the Hispanic Community

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