Committed To Legal Excellence

Marina Melikyan

Los Angeles, CA
Marina joined BDG in December 2021 as an associate attorney. She received her law degree from Southwestern Law School in May 2021 and is admitted to practice law before all California state courts. While in law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Dean Hansell, with whom she co-authored an article published in the Daily Journal. She also externed for two business litigation firms in the Los Angeles area. Marina received the CALI Award in Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills, and served as a Dean's Merit Scholar, Dean's Fellow, and Lead Articles Editor for the Southwestern Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from CSUN in 2018 with a degree in political science. Marina is also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Armenian Bar Association.


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctor - 05/2021
    • Honors: Southwestern Law Review, Lead Articles Editor (Bluebook Award winner
    • Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award (highest grade in course): Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills I
    • Honors: Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating
    • Honors: Dean’s Merit Scholar; Dean’s Fellow; Wildman/Schumacher Merit Scholarship
  • California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
    • Bachelor of Arts - 05/2018
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List (all six semesters)
    • Honors: Judicial Intern to the Honorable Shirley K. Watkins, Los Angeles Superior Court, January 2018 – May 2018
    • Honors: Lonnie S. Turner Memorial Scholarship Award for Outstanding Junior in Political Science, Spring 2017
    • Honors: Research Assistant to Professor Leigh Bradberry, 2017 – 2018
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Student Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP, Burbank, CA, Law Clerk, January 2021 – April 2021
  • Weinberg Gonser, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Law Clerk, May 2020 – August 2020
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Dean Hansell, June 2019 – August 2019
  • KJT Law Group, LLP, Glendale, CA, Legal Intern, June 2016 – August 2016

Published Works

  • Hon. Dean Hansell & Marina Melikyan, Issuing a Gun Violence Restraining Order in California, DAILY JOURNAL (August 2019)


  • Russian
  • Armenian