Melanie V. De Marco

Melanie is an attorney who handles business and real estate transactions of all sizes.  

Melanie enjoys working with clients both big and small and strives to understand each client’s particular needs.  Melanie represents businesses and investors in various transaction types including mergers and acquisitions, financing, contract drafting and negotiation, formation and dissolution of business entities, and corporate governance.  Melanie prides herself on taking a practical, business-minded approach to problem solving and handling the needs of her clients.

Melanie’s expertise in real estate law includes representing both buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties, financing, as well as advising clients on land use and zoning matters.

Melanie strives to understand the unique needs and goals of each of her clients and to provide practical, tailored solutions. She is known for her strong communication skills and ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and straightforward manner.

Areas of Practice:

Business and Real Estate Law 

Representative Matters:

Successfully represented Borrower in HUD loan refinancing transactions of $15,000,000 and $25,000,000.

Represented Sellers in a $50,000,000 corporate transaction with major Fortune 100 company.

Routinely represents both corporate and individual buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions ranging from a couple hundred thousand dollars to several million dollars.

Successfully negotiated technology licensing deals with foreign companies.

Prepares documents related to corporate formations from simple to complex.

Represented Lender in $15,000,000 loan crossing international jurisdictional boundaries. 

Bar Association(s):

Melanie is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in all the state courts of California, along with the Federal Courts for the Eastern District of California. 


Named Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine in 2023. 


  • Presenter, SAR Regional Meetings: Legal Updates & Disclosures
  • Presenter at several local real estate brokerages re: legal updates
  • Planning for the Future; Investments and Property in Retirement


  • The Future is Bright for Craft Breweries in California – July 18, 2023
  • Navigating the New Supreme Court Decision: Sackett v. EPA – June 10, 2023
  • California Assembly Bill 2917 and Website Accessibility Requirements – January 10, 2023


Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, in Malibu, California.  She also obtained a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, which was ranked as the number 1 Alternative Dispute Resolution program in the country at the time.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Management Option from California State University – Fresno. 


Melanie enjoys anything outdoors, including off-roading, hiking, golf, camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding. If she can bring her dogs, that is a bonus