Attorney, entrepreneur, investor and travel enthusiast, Mark Melton, brings clients and partners a unique blend of legal and business experience. After spending a decade as a senior executive in the financial services industry, Mark became an attorney and entrepreneur, founding and managing a string of successful companies, partnering in the startup of a tech company, Cloud Creations, Inc. and launching the Melton Law Group, P.C.
The Melton Law Group represents and advises businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in business and legal matters and commercial transactions. The firm particularly focuses on Franchise and Distribution Law: the development, creation and maintenance of the legal/regulatory infrastructure for franchising companies, day to day business counseling, on-going regulatory compliance, and resolution of franchisor/franchisee disputes. Mark is perhaps unique among franchise lawyers with experience not only representing both franchisees and franchisors, but actually operating as a franchisor and a franchisee.
Entrepreneurship: As a serial entrepreneur, Mark has started and managed several successful companies. Mark founded Melton Franchise System, Inc. (MFS) a franchisor in the building services industry in 1997. MFS supported more than 500 active franchisees serving thousands of business customers in six western states. Mark negotiated the sale of MFS in 2012 to a private equity company. As Founder and President of Melton Services Corp., Mark has 25 years of experience operating as a franchisee. Most recently in 2015 Mark co-founded and serves as Chairman of Cloud Creations, Inc. a service integrator with a focus on Salesforce.com implementations.
Real Estate & Angel Investing: Mark founded and continues to oversee two real estate investment companies which invest in and manage commercial and multi-family real estate properties. Mark has also been involved with start-ups as an Angel Investor in multiple companies and Mark is a former member of Tech Coast Angels.
Travel & Aviation: Mark is enthusiastic traveler and private pilot. Mark & his wife have completed several major trips in the past few years including traveling around the world in 4 months by train and ship and spending 3 months in Africa driving a Land Rover from Nairobi to Cape Town through 7 African countries.
Education & Professional Designations
JD – Santa Barbara College of Law
MBA – Claremont Graduate University – Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
BA – California State University, Fullerton
Certificate in Private Capital Markets – Pepperdine University
Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) – International Franchise Association