Melissa graduated from Widener University School Law School (now known as the Delaware Law School) in May of 2006. Melissa practices in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, and Salem Counties. Her practice encompasses ART law and all aspects of Family Law including adoptions, domestic violence, marital dissolution, appeals, alimony, child support, child custody, cohabitation, prenuptial/postnuptial/cohabitation agreements and post-divorce cases such as cohabitation and retirement.
Following law school, Melissa served as the law clerk to the Honorable John L. Call, Jr., the then presiding Family Law Judge in Burlington County. During her clerkship, she received invaluable experience working in the court system, assisting the family law judges and staff and helping litigants navigate the Court system.
Melissa is an experienced trial attorney. She has litigated many family law cases that involved both complex and routine legal issues. Melissa has represented clients in contested divorce cases as well as contested adoptions, child abuse and neglect matters and domestic violence restraining order hearings. In addition to her litigation experience, Melissa is a trained and certified family law mediator. The mediation process allows couples to meet with Melissa together, with or without private attorneys involved, with the goal of resolving their issues with Melissa’s assistance. Melissa enjoys the mediation process as well as litigation process and believes that each case is unique, so a “one size fits all” approach is not an effective way to represent her clients’ interests.
Melissa has served as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee. She is also an active member of the Thomas S. Forkin Inns of Court, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the practice of family law and keeping a close connection between the New Jersey family law bar and bench.
Melissa is a member and active participant in the Burlington and Camden County Bar Associations. She has received numerous recognitions through “Super Lawyers,” a rating service provided by Thomas Reuters. For ten years, she was also named a “Rising Star” by the same organization. This is an accomplishment received by no more than 2.5 percent of the qualified attorneys in New Jersey.
Melissa has been a speaker at presentations to the general public, legal professionals and other professionals. She has also been invited to speak on behalf of The State of New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Topics on which she has lectured include domestic violence, alimony, Family Court Motion Practice, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Child Support and Divorce Process and Procedure.
For many years, Melissa has served as a Judge for the Marshall Brennan Moot Court Competition sponsored by Drexel Law School. Melissa also frequently volunteers on behalf of the Jewish Federation of South Jersey by providing pro bono legal consultations. She also has been an invited speaker on behalf of the Federation.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Melissa has volunteered to serve on committees associated with CASA of Burlington and Mercer Counties and The Camden County Boys and Girls Club. CASA is a nationwide organization which trains volunteers to become legal advocates within the court system for children in foster care.