For Cory Melendrez, law has always been the career path he wanted to take. His family comes from a law background, his brother is an Attorney and his father is a paralegal. Since high school, Cory would go with his father and help out with legal work at a law firm. With his father’s motivation and his experience working together at a law firm, he made up his mind that he wanted to follow his brother’s footsteps and take this path.
In 2016, he graduated from Boise State with a Bachelors Degree in Finance. After graduating, he worked as a loan officer at Wells Fargo. Two years later, he decided to go to law school at the University of Idaho College of Law and earned his J.D in 2021. That same year, he attended University of San Diego School of Law and completed his LLM in May of 2022.
During Cory’s time in law school, he has had various legal assistant experience. He started off working at a bankruptcy law firm. He also volunteered at a law firm doing some public defending, as well as volunteered at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego where he did memo writing; fun fact: he contributed to two cases that dealt with privacy issues with mobile devices.
In the last year, he has been tax focused. He worked at the Sales and Use Tax clinic. One of Cory’s major achievements was the “2022 Outstanding Clinic Intern Award” for his work in the state Sales and Use clinic. He has helped eight taxpayers appeal their sales and use tax assessments.
Outside of work, Cory enjoys watching all kinds of sports. Some of his favorites include football, baseball, and basketball. Another interest of his is fitness and going to the gym.
Cory holds the title of Associate Attorney at Brotman Law. He manages the Employer Retention Tax Credit team. From document requests, to qualifications, to drafting of justification memos, he does it all.
When asked what is a goal you have in mind that you want to achieve? Cory answered “To have my success aligned with my client’s success”.