If you're facing a specific legal issue or aren't sure of your options, The Belli Law Firm is here to help. We work hard for our clients no matter what their situation.
Throughout California and across the United States, we aggressively litigate cases of all sizes. Our unique trial-proven tactics have been honed over the years, and our creative thinking has helped us obtain over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
From rear-end collisions to complex multimillion-dollar mass torts, from seemingly simple employer-employee disputes to the devastating effects of civil rights violations, we treat each case with the same level of importance, care and attention.
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Robert J.A. Fordiani (attorney and mediator) has represented plaintiffs for the past eight years. He focuses on employment and labor law (both individual and multi-plaintiff claims). Specifically, Mr. Fordiani has extensive experience in cases pertaining to discrimination, retaliation, and harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act of California.
Working alongside some of California's most prominent employment and civil rights attorneys, Mr. Fordiani tenaciously advocates for his clients. He is adept at resolving intricate disputes through thorough analysis and calculated diplomacy. He has not only successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, but has also helped clients negotiate wage and hour misclassification claims with the California Department of Labor and Standards Enforcement.
In addition to being a litigator, Mr. Fordiani has been designated as a mediator by the University of California at Berkeley. An advocate for individual rights, Mr. Fordiani recently filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of interested mediators with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. The particular case was Milhouse et al. v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, a case that may decide the admissibility of confidential settlement discussions at trial.
Northern California Super Lawyers included Mr. Fordiani in its 2015 "Rising Stars" list. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for ten years or less. In addition to a general survey, an attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. No more than 2.5% of attorneys statewide are named to the Rising Stars list.
The Pennsylvania State University
Golden Gate University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2007
Melvin C. Belli has practiced law for over 30 years and has a wide range of experience. He has handled cases across the country, from minor auto collision cases to mass tort actions involving drugs and defective medical devices. He has experience in dealing with everything from soft tissue injuries to the tragic loss of a loved one.
He was trained by one of the most notable lawyers of the 20th century: his father Melvin M. Belli. The elder Belli was called "the King of Torts" for his groundbreaking work in personal injury actions.
Melvin C. Belli continues the legacy, using innovative and cutting-edge techniques which his father taught him and which he has since improved upon. Belli believes that in order to bring success to his clients, he must prepare every case as if it were going to trial.
Mr. Belli has been honored by his peers by being elected to the Board of Governors of key personal injury groups such as the American Trial Lawyers Association (now the AAJ), the California Trial Lawyers Association (now the CAOC), and the San Francisco and Marin Trial Lawyer Associations. Mr. Belli has served as President of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association and he has won many awards for his tenacity in the courtroom.
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