Melinda Cantrall

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Ms. Cantrall, a Senior Partner of Hurrell Cantrall LLP,  anchors the firm’s appellate practice, focusing on police misconduct and civil rights cases under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, as well as government entity liability, products liability, professional liability and general liability matters. Ms. Cantrall has successfully handled numerous appeals in federal and state courts, and regularly argues cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.  In addition, she has successfully tried a number of cases in federal and state courts, and her trial experience assists with the handling of cases at the appellate level.

Moreover, Ms. Cantrall manages Hurrell Cantrall LLP’s aggressive law and motion practice.  Along these lines, she has filed numerous case dispositive motions, and motions which ultimately led to very favorable results for our clients.  She is also in charge of tailoring jury instructions for the 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights cases.

Ms. Cantrall is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Central District of the United States District Court, the California state courts, and the Minnesota state courts.

Ms. Cantrall was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in San Diego, California, and her law degree in 1998 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. Her honors include Dean’s List, Associate Editor of Law Review, receipt of the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Criminal Law, and receipt of CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Advanced Criminal Procedure.  In addition, she was a judicial extern to Judge Arthur Alarcon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Cantrall has been with Hurrell Cantrall LLP and its predecessor firms since 1998.  She became a partner with the firm in 2002, and a named, Senior Partner in 2006.

In 2003, Ms. Cantrall received the “Attorney of the Year” Award from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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