Melanie D. Ruthrauff

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  • University of San Diego (JD, 2010)
  • University of Texas (BA, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Arabic
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

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 Levin, 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.

Recognitions & 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