Melvin C. Belli has practiced law for over 30 years and has a wide range of experience that few others have. He has handled cases across the country involving a wide range of matters from minor auto collision cases to Mass Tort Actions involving drugs and defective medical devices. He has experience in dealing with everything from soft tissue injuries to the tragic loss of a loved one.
He also has the advantage of having been trained by one of the best or some say the greatest lawyers of the 20th century. His father Melvin M. Belli was called the King of Torts for his ground breaking work in personal injury actions.
Father and Son Mr. Belli has been exposed to the law since the age of 7. Here, he is pictured outside a Dallas courtroom in the Jack Ruby trial.
Melvin C. Belli learned well and continues the legacy of fighting for his clients using the innovative and cutting edge techniques he learned from his father and has improved on. One important lesson that many lawyers forget is that in order to bring success to your client, you need to prepare every case as if it were going to trial and be ready to try your cases.
Mr. Belli represented fishermen, cannery workers, and oil spill cleanup workers who were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. In 1992, Belli filed a class action suit on behalf of residents of Richmond, CA who were exposed to a toxic chemical cloud emitted by an oil company. He won a $1 million suit against a chemical company on behalf of farmers in the Salinas Valley, CA who lost their strawberry crops. As a strong supporter of consumer rights, Belli challenged the makers of defective pacemakers, breast implants, and other medical devices.
Former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey Rep. Lynn Woolsey Tribute to Melvin C. Belli before House of Representatives
Mr. Belli has been acknowledged by his peers by being elected to the Board of Governors of the key personal injury groups such as the American Trial Lawyers Association now known as the AAJ, the California Trial Lawyers Association (now referred to as CAOC), along with the San Francisco and Marin Trial Lawyer Associations. Mr. Belli has served as President of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association and he has won many awards for his tenacity and the results achieved for his clients. Mr. Belli has also devoted a significant amount of time doing pro bono work to give back to the community that has given so much to him.