Joseph M. Mellano


Location: San Diego
Phone: (619) 696-9500 (Ext. 126)
Direct: (619) 546-9931
Fax: (800) 868-9350
Email: [email protected]


  • Complex Securities and Business Dispute, Litigations, and Arbitrations
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Regulatory, Enforcement, and Compliance Investigations and Proceedings
  • Financial Services Industry Disputes and Inquiries
  • Securities and Financial Fraud
  • Business Litigation

Joseph Mellano

Joseph Mellano is a partner in the firm's San Diego office. Mr. Mellano's practice focuses on business, corporate, financial services and securities litigation and arbitrations.

Mr. Mellano received his BA from Brown University in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship. While attending Brown, he was a four-year, NCAA Division I baseball letterman. Before attending law school, he was a substitute math and science teacher for multiple school districts in San Diego County and a volunteer baseball coach.

He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015 with concentrations in both business and corporate law and criminal litigation. During his time at USD, he received several scholarships and awards for his leadership and academic achievement, including the 2014 Alec Cory Endowed Scholarship and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Corporations. He was a Constitutional Law and Tort Law Teaching Fellow, a member of the USD's Appellate Moot Court Executive Board and National Competition Team, and the Chief Student Comments Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. Before joining Shustak Reynolds & Partners, Mr. Mellano was an associate attorney at a boutique litigation firm in San Diego.

When not working tirelessly on behalf of the firm's clients, Mr. Mellano enjoys watching and playing baseball, improving his golf game, and running reasonable distances at a leisurely pace. In addition to his work for the firm, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the USD School of Law, where he instructs students competing in appellate moot court national competitions.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D., cum laude, 2015
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 
    • B.A., Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California




Publications & Presentations

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers© 2022 Rising Star, Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers© 2021 Rising Star, Business Litigation