About Matilija Law Inc

Melissa Sayer, Principal


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For more than twenty 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.

When not in the office, she might be found at her citrus and 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

Business launch and Entity formation

Business and Asset sales

Water and Agriculture

Mergers and Acquisitions

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

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

Trusted Advisers Finalist: San Fernando Valley Business Journal 2017

Finalist Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation 2017

2019, 2018 Women Leaders in the Law (ALM)

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (Highest Rating) Ongoing

Pacific Coast Business Times: “40 under 40”

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


Executive Committee-California State University Channel Islands Business and Technology Partnership

Board Member-Ventura County 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)

Steering Committee – CPA/Law Society

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Ventura County Farm Bureau

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG)-Pro Bono Advisor

Veteran Farmers of America – Pro Bono Adviser

California Women for Agriculture

Ventura Chamber of Commerce