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Melanie Ruthrauff Levy


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Melanie provides pragmatic and experienced counsel to venture and private equity funds and public and private companies in a broad range of matters, including corporate governance, public company reporting, and transactional matters.

She regularly represents issuers and financing sources in the medical devices, life sciences, healthcare services, and technology industries in mergers and acquisitions and private and public equity raises. She has also extensively studied the JOBS Act and is a key resource on the subject.

Before joining Mintz, Melanie worked as a health care and science division legal associate for Thomson Reuters. In this position, she collaborated directly with data engineers and technology specialists in the design and implementation of solutions in response to the massive legislative and regulatory changes implemented by the Obama administration regarding health information exchanges, electronic medical records, and healthcare provider reporting and quality measures.

Prior to entering law school Melanie worked for five years in the securities and financial planning industry. She was a Summer Associate with the firm in 2009.


  • University of San Diego (JD)
  • University of Texas (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award, Pro Bono Legal Services
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Distinguished Service Award
  • Order of the Coif


- Arabic

- German

- Hebrew

- Spanish

Recent Insights

News & Press


In two recent no action letters, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) granted no action relief for two venture capital online funding platforms, the FundersClub, Inc. (“FundersClub”) and AngelList, LLC (“AngelList”), allowing them to avoid registering as broker-dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) even though their affiliates will receive some compensation in the form of a carried interest.

SEC Adopts Rules Permitting General Solicitation in Private Offerings Limited to Purchases by Accredited Investors

July 22, 2013 | Alert | By Daniel DeWolf, Jeremy Glaser, Melanie Ruthrauff Levy

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules that repealed a long-standing ban on the use of general solicitation for private securities offerings.

News & Press

Mintz lawyers represented Bio-Medical Devices, Inc. in the sale of a section of its manufacturing operations to Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.
Attorneys from Mintz represented Workterra, a leading innovator in cloud-based benefits administration and talent management, in its sale to CareerBuilder. The purchase will significantly expand CareerBuilder’s product offering.