PeopleJames P. Melendres
PeopleJames P. Melendres

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2003)
  • Dartmouth College (A.B., cum laude, with high honors, 2000)

  • Lex Mundi Global Cyberbreach Rapid Reaction Force
  • American Bar Association, Criminal & Enforcement Litigation Subcommittee, Chair (2016-present)
  • Stanford Law School Phoenix Regional Chapter, Co-Chair (2016-present)
  • Arizona Supreme Court Task Force on Court Management of Digital Evidence, Member (2016 – 2018)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association

Selected Media Coverage


Speaking Engagements

  • "Government Enforcement and COVID-19," Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Virtual CLE Series (June 8, 2021)
  • “Conducting Internal Investigations: Best Practices and Current Trends,” Moderator, The Network of Trial Law Firms, San Diego, CA (November 8, 2019)
  • “An Insider’s View of the Cyber Insurance Landscape,” Panelist, IT Security Leadership Exchange, Phoenix, AZ (October 29, 2019)
  • “Effective BEC and Ransomware Mitigation,” Co-Presenter, Kroll Reputational Risk Webinar Series (October 2, 2019)
  • “Cybersecurity and Benefits Plans,” Keynote Speaker, Western Pension & Benefits Council 2019 Spring Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (May 9, 2019)
  • “Recent Developments in Criminal and Enforcement Litigation,” Panelist, ABA, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee 2019 Spring Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (March 29, 2019)
  • “Data Breach Response: Preserving the Privilege,” Lockton Phoenix Inaugural Cyber Day, Phoenix, AZ (February 26, 2019)
  • “Law of Leaks,” Panelist, 2018 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Anaheim, CA (July 24, 2018)
  • "Data Breach Response:  Preserving the Privilege,” SCCE Scottsdale Regional Compliance & Ethics Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (April 13, 2018)
  • “Cybersecurity and the Obligations of Companies: An Ethical Perspective,” ABA, Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Seminar, La Quinta, CA (February 16, 2018)
  •  "Cybersecurity and Data Protection Guidance for Law Firms: Protecting Your Clients' Crown Jewels in the Age of the Internet," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (September 14, 2017)
  • "Cybersecurity Preparedness: Building a Legal Firewall to Prepare for the Inevitable," Utah State Bar Convention, Sun Valley, ID (July 27, 2017) 
  • "Strategies for Communicating with DOJ," SCCE Regional Compliance and Ethics Counsel Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (April 7, 2017)
  • "Cybersecurity: What Life Sciences Companies Need to Know to Defend Themselves Against the Inevitable," Co-Presenter, Medmarc Loss Control Webinar Series (June 29, 2016)
  • "National Security-Related Cybersecurity Challenges and Solutions," Atlantic Council – Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2016)
  • "Information Sharing Under the EU-US Privacy Shield," National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance, San Diego, CA (March 4, 2016)
  • "Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy Committee Panel," American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2016)
  • "The Current Cyber Threat Landscape," Speaker, National Security Cyber Specialists Network 2015 Conference, Tysons Corner, VA (October 21, 2015)

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2019-2022)

  • United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General (2016)
  • National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, Department of Justice Representative (2015-2016)
  • United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, Trial Attorney (2014-2016)
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, Assistant United States Attorney (2007-2014)
  • United States District Court, District of New Mexico, Law Clerk to Hon. Bruce Black (2006-2007)
  • LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, New York, New York (2003-2006)

  • Arizona
  • California
  • New York

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit