About Matilija Law Inc

Melissa Sayer, Principal


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For over twenty five years, Melissa’s advice has helped businesses and entrepreneurs of all sizes thrive. After finishing first in her  law school class at Santa Clara School of Law and working with  some of the top firms in Silicon Valley and Ventura County, she launched Matilija Law to deliver practical and thoughtful counsel in an efficient manner suited to the needs of a contemporary business. Melissa believes that careful attention early is always preferable to litigation later, and strives to make sure issues are identified and resolved in advance. Melissa is a frequent speaker on business issues and active with the National Association of Women Business Owners, MVS School of Business & Economics California State University Channel Islands, and other community organizations.

When not in the office, she might be found at her avocado ranch near Santa Paula; an experience that has deepened her appreciation for the challenges faced by farmers and small businesses in our region.  In addition to spending time on the ranch with her goats, dogs, cats and chickens, she spends time kayaking and training for her next 10K.

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions

Business launch and Entity formation

Business and Asset sales

Water and Agriculture

General Counsel and Governance

Contracts and Terms and Conditions

Manufacturing, Sales & Service Agreements

Capital Raising

Medical / Professional Partnerships and Corporations

Leasing and Real Estate

Credentials and Recognition

Pacific Coast Business Times: “Top 50 Women in Business”  2019, 2015, 2014

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation winner 2020, and Finalist 2019, 2017

Pacific Coast Business Times: “Who’s Who in Professional Services” 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Trusted Advisers Finalist: San Fernando Valley Business Journal 2017

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (Highest Rating) Ongoing

State Bar of California and Ventura County Bar Association

JD, Santa Clara University , Summa Cum Laude (1994)

BA Eckerd College (1989) Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences
Political Science High Honors


Business Advisory Council MVS School of Business & Economics  California State University Channel Islands

Business and Technology Partnership California State University Channel Islands

Former Member of the Board of Directors of Ventura Economic Development Association (VCEDA)

Founding Member  League of Extraordinary Women -WEV (Womens Economic Ventures)

Community Advisory Council and Pro Bono Adviser-WEV (Womens Economic Ventures)

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Ventura County Farm Bureau

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG)

California Women for Agriculture

Ventura Chamber of Commerce