Melissa Brown is a Partner in the firm’s New Jersey office. She is an experienced trial attorney who is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Federal, State and Appellate Courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Melissa represents clients in litigation arising from Healthcare and Professional Liability, Labor and Employment, Cyber Liability and Data Security, Municipal and Public Entity Liability, Premises Liability, Casualty and Environmental claims.
Melissa has extensive experience defending medical professionals, medical entities and long-term care facilities in claims of malpractice. She defends medical professionals in complaints before the New Jersey Medical Boards. She defends malpractice claims against professionals in the legal, financial, insurance, architecture and real estate industries. She has significant class action litigation experience ranging from national medical billing to prisoner strip searches to COVID educational reimbursement litigation. She represents employers in labor and employment disputes arising from wrongful termination, discrimination and executive malfeasance. She handles negligence claims arising from hiring, training and security resulting in sexual misconduct. She represents corporations in environmental claims arising from seepage in which remediation costs result in claims seeking multi-million dollar damages. She has experience defending corporations and individuals in cyber litigation and data security breaches. She also has extensive practice in dram shop liability and casualty. Melissa has represented clients before the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Supreme and Appellate Courts resulting in several published cases.
Melissa is widely known for an aggressive and strategic litigation strategy that has led to the dismissal of the claims against her clients prior to trial. Examples include, complete dismissal of a class action lawsuit alleging multi-million dollar damages where a college moved to an online-only platform during the Covid-19 pandemic, dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit against a rehabilitation facility wherein the Plaintiff suffered an acute kidney injury requiring lifetime dialysis where damages exposure exceeded $1 million, voluntary dismissal following the filing of a summary judgment motion for podiatric malpractice claims against a surgical center, dismissal of claims against an oil distribution company for seepage into a lake where millions of dollars in remediation costs were claimed, complete dismissal of wrongful death claims in opioid litigation arising from pharmaceutical malpractice claims, dismissal in a product liability case where multi-million in damages were alleged following a four alarm fire across multiple beach front homes, dismissal of legal malpractice claims arising from a dispute over the disbursement of a corporate airplane during divorce proceedings, and dismissal of an architect malpractice claim arising from the construction of a sports facility alleging hundreds of thousands of dollar in damages as well as an award of sanction fees against the plaintiffs in that case.
Prior to joining the firm, Melissa was a senior partner at a regional defense litigation firm where she worked for over 15 years. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013-2022. This is an award conferred by Super Lawyers who reports that this honor is bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in the State of New Jersey who are 40 years old or younger. *
Melissa has lectured on the topics of deliberate indifference, medical malpractice, medicine, civil practice, expert discovery, ethics, workplace harassment and employment discrimination, alternative dispute resolution and insurance bad faith.
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- American Bar Association
- Camden County Bar Association