Melissa is an experienced attorney who has successfully represented clients in federal, state, and appellate courts as well as before administrative agencies. Her advocacy has been described as “excellent,” “articulate,” and “forceful.” She has been named a Pennsylvania Rising Star every year since 2015.
Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Melissa was an associate at a Mid-Atlantic based business and litigation law firm headquartered in Pennsylvania, where her practice focused on business litigation involving contract disputes, fraud, intellectual property, antitrust and other anticompetitive practices, corporate disputes, and shareholder litigation. She also represented clients in employment law and related litigation.
Melissa previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. There, Melissa worked on civil and criminal matters, including business, financial, and commercial disputes, labor and employment, intellectual property, insurance coverage and bad faith, civil rights and habeas, and white collar crime.
While studying law at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law, Melissa interned for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she advocated in court on behalf of the United States under her third year practice certificate in both civil and criminal cases. She also completed internships with the Honorable Randall G. Johnson, Richmond Circuit Court Judge, Target Corp., and CarMax Inc.
- Successfully defended medical device manufacturer and employee against allegations of breach of restrictive covenant agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of a former officer of a medical equipment financing company in securities fraud action.
- Obtained advantageous settlement on behalf of individual and corporation against claims of securities fraud.
- Defeated motion for summary judgment in construction litigation matter.
- Defended generic pharmaceutical company in antitrust litigation resulting from alleged reverse payment settlements of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation.
- Defended pre-merger FTC antitrust investigation of health system.
- Successfully represented minority shareholders in contested books and records record in Delaware Chancery Court.
- Obtained dismissals and summary judgment on behalf of clients in the areas of intellectual property, employment law, civil rights, and financial services.
- Investigated claims of fraud and collusion related to silica claims § 524(g) trust in bankruptcy on behalf of insurer, resulting in the settlement of the silica claims for significantly less than the policy values.
- Drafted fiduciary duty opinion for board of directors in a multi-million dollar merger of mutual insurance company. The merger was approved and closed, and the merger injunction and direct and derivative shareholder claims were dismissed.
- Defended numerous appeals and successfully preserved judgments advantageous to clients.