Let's Change the Game

Because might does not make right.

Heather S. Orr, Founder of HSO Law


Heather graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  While at Penn, Heather participated in numerous public service programs including a federal externship involving habeas corpus death penalty defense and prisoner’s rights advocacy.  Heather also served as an orientation chair for first year law students and served as a first-year representative on the committee to select a new dean of admissions.  

Heather received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Speech Communications.  Heather was also involved in numerous student organizations while maintaining her status in the honor’s program at Texas A&M.

Heather began her legal career at Bryan Cave LLC, a full-service, international law firm with a wide range of practice areas and offices in 29 cities.  While at Bryan Cave, Heather garnered experience in numerous practice areas including commercial litigation, contractual disputes, arbitration, mortgage litigation, franchise litigation, patent litigation and bankruptcy.

While at Bryan Cave, Heather also served as the chair of both the Los Angeles Office’s Sustainability Committee and the Los Angeles Office’s Community Involvement Committee, in addition to maintaining an active pro bono practice which included cases involving animal rights law, asylum and adoption proceedings.

In 2009 Heather joined with her colleague, Jessica M. Mandelberg, to found the Law Offices of Mandelberg & Orr, the predecessor to HSO Law, where she further expanded her practice to include complex civil rights litigation, consumer protection litigation and transactional legal services. 
Heather Orr also taught a law school course in business planning as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 2011-2014.

Her Story

Heather grew up in Clear Lake, Texas, a suburb of Houston best known for the presence of NASA headquarters.  Today, Heather lives in San Diego, California with her partner, his kids and their chiweenie puppy.  Heather spends her free time writing, jumping out of planes, playing softball, reading and practicing yoga.  

Doug Bouton, Of Counsel


Doug is an experienced corporate and M&A attorney and focuses his practice on start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies. Doug joined HSO Law when his law firm, Bouton Legal, merged with and into HSO Law. Prior to Bouton Legal merging with HSO Law, Doug worked as an attorney in the Corporate Department of Proskauer Rose LLP. During that time, Doug worked on many M&A transactions, assisting on the corporate-law component of both buy and sell-side acquisitions. Doug also has worked on numerous capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other public equity and debt offerings. Doug left Proskauer Rose to found Bouton Legal, his own law firm, where he routinely advised start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies on issues such as formation, seed and venture capital financing rounds, exit/liquidity events and strategy, and general corporate matters. 


Doug obtained his B.S. in Mathematics from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Doug is admitted to practice law in California.


Melody Kramer, Of Counsel

Melody is a 20+ year veteran trial lawyer and graduate of the University of Nebraska, College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was awarded The Order of Barristers for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy.  Since that time, Ms. Kramer has been honing her craft as an advocate for her clients in courtrooms across the country.


Melody began her legal career as a Deputy Public Defendant in rural Nebraska, than became a Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Children, and later started her own law firm in Lincoln, Nebraska.   Never deterred by seeming impossibilities, she took on challenging, sometimes seemingly unwinnable cases, with a marked level of success, including successfully prosecuting criminal cases and increasing real jail time served by offenders.


In addition to her legal practice, Melody was actively involved with the Nebraska State Bar Association, including working on the Ethics Committee and the Judiciary Committee, the Sale of Law Practice Subcommittee, Gender/Bias Subcommittee, and the Bench/Bar Conference Program Committees. 


In 1999, Ms. Kramer returned to California and turned her focus to general civil litigation.  She has handled a diverse caseload in state and federal courts including complex patent infringement litigation, business disputes, construction law, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), civil rights, and transactional work. Though a solo practitioner, Melody was capable of taking on complex litigation projects through strategic partnerships with other law firms working in concert to obtain the best results for her clients.


Melody is an avid writer and just published a book that is designed to take the mystery and fear out of dealing with lawyers -- “Why Lawyers Suck! Hacking the Legal System, Part 1.” She is also the co-author of two criminal prosecution manuals written for the Nebraska County Attorney’s Association and a blogger on several legal and small business blogs. Melody is also faculty for Solo Practice University.


Melody has also been a vocal advocate for improvement of the legal system.  She co-founded the National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals and founded FreelanceLaw.com, both to increase the visibility and viability of the freelance legal marketplace.  Now she has turned her attention to broader issues facing the legal industry, founding Legal Greenhouse, a think tank and developer of innovative legal solutions.


Melody is admitted to practice law in California and Nebraska (inactive), and is also admitted before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Eighth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Districts of Southern, Central, and Northern California, and District of Nebraska and been admitted pro hac vice in many other states. 


Melody obtained a B.A. in Music from Union College, and spends her free time hanging out with her daughter and two cats, strolling on the beach, and working on her next book, Hacking the Legal System, Part 2.


Now in two locations!



433 N. Camden Dr. Suite 600

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



8885 Rio San Diego Suite 237

San Diego, CA 92108