Colette Menaldino is a trial lawyer at Gruenberg Law who is passionate about safeguarding the rule of law by fighting for justice in the workplace. Colette focuses on the areas of unequal pay, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Colette graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Philosophy & Politics. She then earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating cum laude.
After college and prior to law school, Colette worked as a paralegal in New York City for two years fighting vigorously to protect the rights of injured plaintiffs. During law school, Colette remained active in the legal community, serving as a judicial extern for Honorable Lisa Pupo Lenihan of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania and interning with both the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. She also spent a summer interning with Advocates for Justice, a public interest law firm in New York City, advocating for students’ right to education.
Colette was admitted to the State Bar of Pennsylvania in November 2013 and before moving to San Diego, she was a trial attorney with Goldberg, Miller, & Rubin, P.C. in Philadelphia, where she defended drivers against fraudulent suits. When she arrived in San Diego, she worked for Blood, Hurst & O’Reardon, representing clients spanning a number of cases including defending the interests of consumers against falsely advertised products, excessive overcharging by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and data security lapses.
Colette was admitted to the State Bar of California in August 2015 and subsequently joined Gruenberg Law to further her commitment to protect the public and safeguard the rule of law. She is an active member of the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. Colette spends her free time exploring San Diego’s many outdoor activities, such as snorkeling, fishing and hiking.