Melissa K. Cerro

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Melissa K. Cerro


Ms. Cerro joined McCormick Barstow’s Fresno office in 2019.  She concentrates in Labor and Employment Litigation and Business Litigation.

Ms. Cerro joined the Fresno office of McCormick Barstow in 2019. She previously practiced civil litigation at a Century City law firm and intellectual property at a small company. Ms. Cerro has broad experience drafting pleadings, motions, and briefings for state and federal courts, and is known for working closely with clients in developing strategies for discovery productions and depositions. In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Cerro is also well versed in mediation and settlement negotiations. Her practice continues to focus on public and private clients employment disputes and contractual breaches.

While in law school, Ms. Cerro externed for the Honorable Peter Carroll, at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and externed for the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Ms. Cerro is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Eastern District of California.

Juris Doctor, 2014
Pepperdine University, School of Law
Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 2014
Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution
Dean’s Merit Scholar
Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
Moot Court Team, Top 50 Advocates
Mock Trial, Finalist – 2014, Honorable Mention – 2013
CALI Excellence for the Future Award; Trademarks and Unfair Competition
CALI Excellence for the Future Award; Mediation Theory and Practice


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2007, with Honors
University of California, Irvine

Concentrating in Civil Litigation, with an emphasis on Labor and Employment, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, Business Torts, and General Torts.

Ms. Cerro is a member of the State Bar of California and the Fresno County Bar Association.

Ms. Cerro is also a board member of the Fresno County Women Lawyers Association.

Honors and Awards

Ms. Cerro been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Rising Star list (2022-2023).

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