Melissa Murphy Weber

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Melissa M. Weber, Esq.

BLUE BELL
(215) 977-1026

mmw@elliottgreenleaf.com

 

 

 

 

Melissa Murphy Weber

Shareholder

With over 20 years of experience, Melissa Murphy Weber has a diverse practice spanning business litigation, employment law, and transactional work. Melissa draws from her experiences as a former prosecutor, local elected official, and elected state representative to bring unique perspectives and adept legal solutions to her clients who range from owner-managed companies, partnerships, healthcare systems, and insurance companies to nonprofit and governmental entities.

Legal Experience That Stands Out

Melissa is an accomplished litigator representing companies and individuals in partnership disputes, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, protection of trade secrets, and other business torts. She also defends private and public employers in federal and state court in claims involving discrimination and wrongful discharge. Melissa counsels employers on employment agreements, handbooks, and separation agreements, and conducts workplace investigations. Melissa represents ERISA plan fiduciaries and administrators of employer-sponsored welfare benefit plans. On the transactional side, Melissa works with entrepreneurs and business owners on formation, dissolution or divorce, sales and real estate transactions, and general business matters.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for employer/plan administrator and insurer in ERISA wrongful denial and breach of fiduciary duty action by former employee.
  • Obtained injunction order against former employees for financial institution protecting its confidential and proprietary information.
  • Trial counsel for a western Pennsylvania municipality accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act in zoning practices.
  • Obtained judgment for a hospital in a breach of contract action filed by a former physician.
  • Represented a real estate development company and its managing member in a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty action alleging a misallocation of profits.
  • Assisted an accounting firm in a business acquisition including negotiating financing documents and consultant agreements.

Melissa has a deep history of public service, having campaigned for and been elected to public office. She served on the Whitpain Township Board of Supervisors for six years, including as chairman, and was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where she served for two years. Early in her career, Melissa was an Assistant District Attorney for six years in Montgomery County, where she served as lead counsel on several homicide/death penalty jury trials. She serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association and is active coaching her children in soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse.

Melissa has earned a reputation as a passionate and energetic team player. In college, she earned All-American honors and was twice elected captain of Denison University’s nationally-ranked women’s lacrosse team. In law school, Melissa was appointed vice-president of the Moot Court Honor Society Board. Melissa was selected by her professors to argue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law

LL.M., 2002, with honors

Widener University School of Law

J.D., 1995

Denison University

B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer, 2011 – 2019

Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2017 – 2018

Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2005 – 2007

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Wynn Group’s Award for Women’s Leadership Excellence

Philadelphia Business Journal, 40 Under 40

Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Federal Practice and Women in the Profession Committees

Montgomery Bar Association, Bench Bar, Government Relations, Employment Law, and Women in the Law Committees

DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Women in the Profession, Commercial Litigation, and Employment Law Committees

Ellevate – Global Professional Women’s Network

This attorney in the news:

2015 Superlawyers: Elliott Greenleaf Lawyers Voted Largest Per Capita Recognition of Any Commercial Law Firm in the Mid-Atlantic Region - May 2015

Elliott Greenleaf wins Third Circuit affirmation of trial verdict and limitation on damages. - July 2014

THIRTY-FIVE (35) FIRM LAWYERS HONORED WITH EIGHT FIRM ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS TOP 100 IN PENNSYLVANIA, TOP 100 IN PHILADELPHIA OR TOP 50 WOMEN ATTORNEYS - May 2014

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN DISABILITY BENEFITS MATTER - August 2013

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN ERISA DISABILITY MATTER - June 2013

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF RECEIVED STATEWIDE HONORS, INCLUDING FIVE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS TOP 100 IN PENNSYLVANIA, TOP 100 IN PHILADELPHIA OR TOP 50 WOMEN ATTORNEYS - May 2013

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF HAS 30 LAWYERS RECEIVE STATEWIDE HONORS, INCLUDING SEVEN ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS TOP 100 IN PENNSYLVANIA, TOP 100 IN PHILADELPHIA AND TOP 50 WOMEN - May 2012

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF HAS 32 LAWYERS RECEIVE STATEWIDE HONORS - June 2011

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF WINS JUDGMENT IN CIVIL RIGHTS CASE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA - March 2009

SEVERAL FIRM MEMBERS SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP IN MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION - January 2009

Elliott Greenleaf Shareholders Present Seminar to Delaware State Bar Association - April 2008

FIRM SHAREHOLDERS ELECTED TO LEADERSHIP IN MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION - January 2008

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF ATTORNEYS SELECTED AS “RISING STARS” OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR IN A STATEWIDE SURVEY - December 2007

Elliott Greenleaf WINS DISMISSAL OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CLAIMS AGAINST TOWNSHIP OFFICIAL AND POLICE CHIEF - September 2007

MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION - January 2007

SIX Elliott Greenleaf ATTORNEYS ARE SELECTED AS “RISING STARS” OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR IN A STATEWIDE SURVEY - November 2006

SIX Elliott Greenleaf ATTORNEYS SELECTED AS “RISING STARS” OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR IN A STATEWIDE SURVEY - October 2006

MELISSA MURPHY WEBER RECEIVES MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S AWARD FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE - May 2006

Six Elliott Greenleaf Attorneys Selected as”Rising Stars of the Pennsylvania Bar” - April 2006

MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED TREASURER OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION - January 2006

ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. ELECTED VICE-CHAIR OF THE YOUNG LAWYER’S SECTION OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION - January 2006

SIX Elliott Greenleaf ATTORNEYS ARE SELECTED AS “RISING STARS” OF THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR IN A STATEWIDE SURVEY - November 2005

MELISSA MURPHY WEBER JOINS Elliott Greenleaf - January 2005