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Melissa Baldwin is a Structured Settlement Consultant with Atlas Settlement Group, where she assists attorneys and their clients in physical injury cases of medical malpractice, personal injury,  wrongful death and product liability as well as non-physical injury cases such as employment and discrimination, mass torts and attorney fees.  As a Structure Consultant throughout California, Melissa focuses on the immediate and long-term financial needs of Plaintiffs, tailoring structured annuities to meet present and future income needs, ongoing medical care, retirement planning, and other financial concerns.   

In addition to financial assessment and annuity planning, Melissa also attends mediations and settlement conferences across the United States, free of charge.   She enjoys helping her clients facilitate a success settlement while making the process as easy as possible for all parties involved. Melissa is a proud member of SFTLA, CAOC, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) and National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA).

A native of California, Melissa earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor in Law from the University of California, San Diego. 




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Trial Talk with the Experts

March 10, 2015

Still Howelling After All This Time
March 24, 2015

Brady Trial Presentation
April 7,2015

Trial Skills: Discovery
April 21, 2015

Women Lawyer to Judge
April 30,2015

Dissecting the Openings/ Closings by the Masters
May 12, 2015

Prepping Your Client for Deposition & Mediation
May 26,2015

Life Care Planning
June 9,2015

Trial Technology Chairs
June 16,2015

Finding and Using Evidence to Prepare for Trial: Discovery Motions, MSJs and Mediation
July 14, 2015

Preparing for Trial- Using Mock Trials and Focus Groups 
July 30, 2015

August 18,2015

Liens ( PM Class)
September 1,2015

Coverage Issues
September 22, 2015

Kaiser (Half Day)
October 13, 2015

Powerpoint Basics
October 27,2015

Practicum- Presenting Evidence
November 3, 2015

Dealing with Difficult Clients ( Noon)
November 12, 2015

Bankruptcy Landmines and Your Civil Case
November 17, 2015

Negotiation Skills
December 1, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ethics & Conflicts
December 15,2015








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March 5,2015

Diversity Committee Poker Party
March 12, 2015

Happy Hour Take Over
March 26,2015

Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards
April 16,2015

Diversity Committee Fundraising Party
May 7,2015

Happy Hour Takeover
May 21,2015

New Lawyers Division Summer Bash
June 11, 2015

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September 3,2015

Happy Hour Takeover
October 1,2015

Judges Dinner Dance
October 9,2015

Singing for Justice
October 29,2015

Mock Trial
November 7,2015

Women's Caucus Holiday Party
December 3, 2015

Happy Hour Takeover
December 8,2015

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 10, 2015







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