Individual and Small Business Defense

Melvin F. Marcia



Melvin F. Marcia, Esq.

Melvin Marcia received his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he obtained CALI Awards, an award given to the student with the highest grade in the class, for Labor Law-Public Sector and for Constitutional Law. While attending law school, Mr. Marcia honed his legal and analytical skills while employed in Safeway, Inc.’s Risk Management Department as a Claims Examiner; he gained extensive hands-on experience with product liability, premises liability, as well as subrogation matters. Mr. Marcia also volunteered at The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center’s worker’s rights clinic, providing free legal services to low-income individuals who have experienced unfair and illegal treatment at their place of employment.


Mr. Marcia earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Jose State University, graduating with honors Cum Laude, and being inducted to Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), and was on the Dean’s List. Mr. Marcia also served as treasurer for the Epsilon Iota, the local SJSU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.


Before joining Cholakian & Associates, Mr. Marcia was a Law Clerk at the San Jose City Attorney’s Office (Litigation Team) where he had the opportunity to litigate cases enforcing city ordinances and also arguing Pitchess motions. He participated in various projects which dealt with identifying business in violation of public nuisance ordinances, as well as violators of the City’s rent ordinances. He held an associate attorney position at the Law Office of Katherine R. Moore, where he worked in the areas of premises liability, commercial litigation, catastrophic personal injury, construction defect, and ADA litigation.


Mr. Marcia is admitted to practice law in California state courts, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association. His areas of practice include catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, commercial litigation, and construction defect.