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Claire A. Melehani

Phone: (408) 288-8100
Fax: (408) 288-9409

Claire is a skilled advocate, vigorously representing clients in contested litigation cases at law and motion hearings and trials. Claire was recently named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an award conferred upon the top 2.5% of rising attorneys in California. 

Claire brings broad experience to her practice, benefitting her clients as well as complementing and enriching the Gates Eisenhart Dawson team. As a former investment banking analyst for a global investment bank, Claire’s strong finance background aids not just her legal analysis, but also her business-oriented advice for her clients. Claire's practice includes employmentbusiness, and trust litigation, including disputes involving allegations of financial elder abuse.

During law school, Claire worked at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the Family Protection Division, prosecuting crimes of murder, domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children, and elder abuse. Claire has interned for judges, drafting bench memos and opinions for trials and appellate cases. Claire also interned at the Institute for Justice as a Law Clerk and Policy Fellow where she learned to combine cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, and boots-on-the-ground advocacy while fighting for individuals denied their constitutional rights.

As a young attorney, Claire established herself as a formidable advocate, working for a prestigious local family law firm representing high net-worth individuals in contentious disputes. Claire routinely earned the trust and confidence of her clients, many of them Silicon Valley executives and entrepreneurs.

At Gates Eisenhart Dawson, Claire tackles complex and esoteric tasks with dedication and superlative attention to detail. As a valued member of our team, she offers her unique set of skills, talent, intellect, and passion to our clients' cases.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association 
  • San Mateo County Bar Association 
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association (ABA)
  • The California Lawyers Association (CLA)
  • American Inns of Court

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill), J.D. (2018) 
  • Duke University, Certificate in Nonprofit Management (2015) 
  • Duke University, B.S. in Economics (2014) 
  • Duke University, Certificate in Markets and Management (2014) 

Publications

Professional Activities

  • Rising International - Claire volunteers for Rising International, a non-profit that assists economically vulnerable women, both in the U.S. and abroad, who are survivors of extreme poverty, gender-based violence, homelessness, and/or human trafficking. As a mentor, Claire helps train locally-based mentees to become social entrepreneurs, selling products that were handcrafted by Rising’s global entrepreneurs and enabling both groups to rise. 
  • The American Inns of Court, Member of the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn - As a member of the Ingram Inn, Claire works to bolster the legal profession's ethics, civility, and dedication to excellence through mentoring, educational programs, and networking. 
  • The American Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division Affiliates Team Member - As an affiliates team member, Claire works to plan and execute bar association leadership-based programming. 
  • The Santa Clara County Bar Association BarristersClaire serves as the Vice President of the Barristers, a section of the Bar Association dedicated to helping young attorneys give back to the community, form meaningful connections with Bar Association members, and excel in the profession. 
  • The Santa Clara County Bar Association Women Lawyers Section - Claire is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women Lawyers Section. Claire helps oversee and implement events, advancing the Section's mission to support and advance women lawyers and judges in their professions and to address legal issues affecting women in our community.
  • The Santa Clara County Bar Association Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee - Claire serves on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee to support the efforts of diverse persons in entering the legal profession and thriving in their practices within Santa Clara County. The Committee also serves as a means of communication and cooperative efforts between the local minority bar associations as representatives for each of the minority bar associations serve on the Committee.
  • 2021 American Bar Association Assembly Delegate - Claire was a Delegate to ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly, where she voted on Resolutions drafted by ABA members seeking to improve the profession. Resolutions that pass become ABA YLD policy and are sent to the ABA House of Delegates.

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