Melissa M. Weber
Melissa Murphy Weber, a shareholder, focuses her practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on employment and labor law matters. In November, 2006, the firm’s Board unanimously elected Melissa to a shareholder after only having joined the firm in 2005.
Melissa is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Melissa’s professional associations include the American, Pennsylvania, and Montgomery Bar Associations. In 2011, Melissa was appointed to serve as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Melissa has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and was recognized as a Superlawyer in 2010. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Montco Chamber of Commerce’s Wynn Group’s Award for Women’s Leadership Excellence. In 2007, Melissa received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award recognizing her as one of Greater Philadelphia Area's Most Promising Leaders.
From 2002 – 2004, Melissa served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 148th Legislative District and served on the House Judiciary, Health and Human Services, Children and Youth, and Urban Affairs Committees.
The late Speaker of the House, Matthew J. Ryan, appointed Melissa to serve on the bi-cameral, bi-partisan Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. While on Judiciary, Melissa served on the subcommittee for Crime and Corrections and was appointed the chairman of the Task Force on Forensic Sciences Law. Speaker John Perzel appointed Melissa to the Board of the Children's Benefit Trust Fund and the Crime Prevention Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
During her term in the PA House of Representative, Melissa was recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federal of Independent Businesses and was named “Rookie of the Year and one of the “Best of the Freshman Class.” Melissa was the prime sponsor of several pieces of legislation seeking to protect the health and welfare of children and victims domestic violence. She also introduced legislation seeking to provide financial assistance to municipalities and investor-owned water companies for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
From 1996 until her election to the PA House of Representative, Melissa served as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County where she tried dozens of jury and judge trials before the Court of Common Pleas and regularly appeared before the Magisterial District Justices throughout Montgomery County. Melissa was promoted to Captain of the Domestic Violence Unit in 1999 where, in addition to being lead counsel on several jury trials, she lectured to various victim and law enforcement groups in Montgomery County and throughout Pennsylvania. In 2001, Melissa became the Captain of the Special Prosecutions Unit where she headed the Combined Law Enforcement Agency Network (CLEAN) Team and was appointed to lead Montgomery County 's Weed and Seed Program, aimed at revitalizing the Borough of Norristown.
A native of Montgomery County, Melissa received her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law, graduating with Honors, in 2002; her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1995; and, her B.A. in Economics from Denison University in 1991. In college, Melissa achieved All-American honors in lacrosse and the two-year elected captain of Denison's nationally ranked women's lacrosse team. She was also initiated into the Mortar Board Honor Society and the Delta Gamma Fraternity where she served on the Executive Board. While in law school, she served as a two-year member and was elected Vice-President of the Moot Court Honor Society. Melissa earned awards for her written work and advocacy skills in national law school competitions. She was also invited to be a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society and was admitted into the Order of the Barristers. Additionally, while in law school, Melissa worked as a certified legal intern in the Public Interest Law Clinic where she represented low-income adults with various legal problems. Melissa was asked by the Clinic’s faculty to represent an inmate of the State Correctional Institute in Camp Hill in a civil rights action and argue on behalf of the inmate before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
In addition to her professional commitments, Melissa serves on the Whitpain Township Zoning Hearing Board and coaches young girls in the Wissahickon Lacrosse Club program. Melissa has previously served as Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Government Relations Committee. Melissa is also a member of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. Melissa previously served as a member of the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families from 2000 until 2006 at which time she was term-limited. During her term, Melissa was elected Chair and concentrated her efforts at creating a program designed to help students heading off to college—as well as their parents. Melissa is a supporter of the Women’s Center of Montgomery County and the Laurel House, organizations committed to protecting the health and safety of victims of domestic violence and their families.
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