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About A. Melissa Johnson

A. Melissa Johnson

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Ms. Johnson is a partner and litigator at Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP. Ms. Johnson represents and advises clients in a range of employment law matters including executive compensation; unpaid overtime and other wage and hour claims; employment contract disputes; work-related gender, race, age, color and national origin discrimination; sexual harassment; disability discrimination and failure to accommodate; State Personnel Board proceedings; Skelly hearings; federal employee MSPB and EEOC hearings; and unemployment insurance appeals.

Prior to joining Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP, Ms. Johnson was a partner at a general business firm where she handled a variety of business-related matters, employment litigation, and wage and hour litigation.

Ms. Johnson is admitted to the State Bar of California and admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California as well the Federal Southern District of California. Ms. Johnson received her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the pre-eminent bar association for California plaintiffs employment attorneys. She is a long-time member of the CELA Mentor Committee and has presented at CELA’s prestigious annual conferences. As an active CELA member, Ms. Johnson is part of CELA’s Lobby Day team, traveling to Sacramento every year to meet with California legislators and staff to advocate for changes in the law that will provide working Californians with stronger legal protection.

Ms. Johnson is active in the San Diego legal community and is often recognized for her commitment and skill. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) and previously elected as chair of its Labor and Employment Executive Committee. In addition, Ms. Johnson is a member of and participant in the SDCBA’s Civil Litigation Section. She is a member of the San Diego Lawyer's Club, co-chairs its Mentor Committee, and serves on its Bench/Bar committee. She is also a member of the Tom Homann Law Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

In addition to her bar association activities in San Diego, Ms. Johnson has volunteered as a supervising attorney at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Self-Help Clinic, and she regularly volunteers at the University of San Diego Legal Aid at Work Clinic. She frequently serves as a scorer and judge for local moot court competitions and national competitions held in San Diego County, including competitions for law school, college, and high school students.

Ms. Johnson also participates in state and national bar associations. She is a member of the California Lawyers Association's Labor and Employment Section and its Litigation Section. She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and California Women Lawyers.

Ms. Johnson lectures on employment law topics before state and local bar associations, disability rights agencies, professional associations, and community groups, addressing audiences in wage and hour laws; disability discrimination; ADA compliance; leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA); unemployment benefit appeals; and numerous litigation topics.

Ms. Johnson is long-time resident of San Diego County. She is a United States Air Force Veteran. Ms. Johnson is active in sports, especially golf. She enjoys travel, gardening, and her dogs Chuck, Bentley, and Enzo.

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American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. labor force

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