Recently, her clients scored major wins in defeating class certification in the state and federal courts with affirmance on appeal. In a case filed in the Central District of California, simultaneously litigated in international arbitration, she won a permanent injunction for her manufacturing client following another win in the Ninth Circuit which established the precedent that injunctive relief is available in the district court pending and in aid of arbitration. In a contract action in 2015, she won six defense verdicts for her food industry client in a consolidated arbitration in Northern California. Complete summary judgment was awarded to her pharmaceutical company client whose senior executive sued for wrongful termination and fraud. A leading trade secrets litigator, Ms. Melby won summary judgment again on an affirmative cross complaint against a claimed whistleblower executive who took privileged information from his former employer and then sued it on multiple employment-related causes of action. She defeated conditional class certification in a hybrid FLSA class action in the Central District of California. She secured dismissal of an antitrust class action and is currently trial counsel in dual antitrust and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing class actions. She won a race discrimination trial in the Los Angeles Superior Courts and is advisor to other food and beverage industry clients on nationwide labeling litigation.
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Best Lawyers Names 91 Lawyers to 2011 Edition of Rankings
August 16, 2010
Paul Hastings Selected as The American Lawyers Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year
January 06, 2010
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2008
Paul Hastings Attorneys Named Top Women Litigators by Daily Journal
May 22, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Seven Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as America’s Leading Lawyers by Lawdragon
August 29, 2006
Paul Hastings' Nancy Abell and Donna Melby Named Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal
June 02, 2006
Paul Hastings Adds High-Profile Trial Lawyer to Los Angeles Employment Law Department
June 02, 2006
Daily Journal's Top Labor & Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal in their annual series celebrating the “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California.
July 19, 2017
Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women Lawyers 2016 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
April 21, 2016
Paul Hastings Receives Most Individual Rankings in Daily Journal’s 2015 Top Labor and Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Leslie Abbott, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Stephen Harris, Donna Melby, and
Jeffrey Wohl were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Labor and Employment list for 2015, which honored California’s top labor and employment lawyers. Paul Hastings received more individual rankings than any other firm.
June 03, 2015
Daily Journal Recognizes Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and
Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women
Lawyers 2015 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
Daily Journal's 2014 Top Women Lawyers
Abbott, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its 2014 Top Women Lawyers list.
May 07, 2014
Law360 Awards - Top Practice Groups of the Year
Paul Hastings' Employment Law practice was recognized as one of Law360s "Top Practice Groups of The Year."
January 02, 2013
The Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers
Partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, Donna Melby, and Teri OBrien were named to The Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers list for 2012.
May 09, 2012
Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2011
Six Paul Hastings lawyers were named to the Daily Journals annual list of Top Labor & Employment lawyers: George Abele, Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Donna Melby, and Kirby Wilcox. Of the 250 lawyers from various firms considered, 75 were selected for this distinction, which focuses on litigators and corporate and regulatory specialists on both the plaintiff and defense side of major labor and employment issues.
July 13, 2011
The Daily Journal
Los Angeles partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal as Top Women Lawyers of 2011 in California.
May 11, 2011
The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal named Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Jr., Donna Melby and Kirby Wilcox to their 2010 list of Top Employment Lawyers. Paul Hastings secured the most lawyers on the Top Employment Lawyers list than any other firm.
July 14, 2010
Nancy Abell and Donna Melby have been selected as two of 2010's Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal.
May 12, 2010
Donna Melby listed among The National Law Journal's 50...
Donna Melby listed among The National Law Journal's "50 Most Influential Women in America" list, which recognizes attorneys who have had a national impact in their legal field and beyond during the last five years.
Paul Hastings' Donna Melby and Nancy Abell Named Top Women Litigators by ...
Paul Hastings' Donna Melby and Nancy Abell Named Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal (2006)
January 06, 2006