Melanie began practicing law in 1991 with the firm of Bolen, Fransen & Sawyers. In 1994, Melanie left Bolen, Fransen & Sawyers to work for the Law Office of Gary W. Sawyers, which subsequently became Sawyers & Aldridge, LLP. In 2003, Melanie opened the Law Office of Melanie J. Aldridge. During Melanie’s career she has focused on business and real estate transactions with a focus on water and farming clients.

Melanie added estate planning to her practice when she recognized a need for plain English explanations of the purpose of estate planning and probate avoidance and common structures used to reduce estate taxes. 

Michelle Errecart Lopez joined the firm in 2013 as a paralegal while she attended law school. In 2016, Michelle graduated from law school and passed the California Bar exam and is now an associate attorney in the office.

Siri is a rescue dog from Madera County. She was found wandering along Hwy 99 and adopted from the Madera County Animal Shelter a few months later. Although her legal background is unclear, Siri was a natural fit for the office and is a frequent visitor to the office.