Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Melanie Luthern


Melanie Luthern represents public and private sector unions and has a strong background in political and community organizing, policy, and land-use work in coastal Los Angeles.

Melanie Luthern, a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is a labor and employment litigation associate with our firm. At Moritz, she competed in Moot Court, and worked as a state-certified mediator to combat the school-to-prison pipeline through the Truancy Mediation Project. Ms. Luthern joins the firm after working for four years as a political organizer and research analyst for Unite Here Local 11.

At Local 11, Ms. Luthern was responsible for political and community organizing, policy, and land-use work in coastal Los Angeles. She was the lead political organizer in the City of Santa Monica, and at the California Coastal Commission. During Ms. Luthern’s time at Local 11, she led the community organizing efforts for the City of Santa Monica minimum wage and short term vacation rental ordinances. Ms. Luthern has experience successfully negotiating card check neutrality agreements, and using comprehensive campaigns in ground-up organizing. In 2014, she managed an independent expenditure field campaign for the City of Santa Monica municipal elections.

Ms. Luthern is a resident of Santa Monica, and is active in her community. She is a member of the Santa Monica for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) steering committee, and also volunteers on its renters’ rights hotline. She also serves on the Board of the Hospitality Training Academy.