Rebecca Santoro Melley represents a wide variety of clients, from large corporations to individuals, in complex litigation, and she takes a thoughtful and practical approach to each client’s dispute.
Her recent representations have involved business, intellectual property, civil rights, insurance coverage, and real estate matters. She litigates in federal and state courts, and also resolves cases through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation. She is an approved arbitrator in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca recently represented a national cable and entertainment company in a multi-year patent litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which culminated in a 14-day jury trial and verdict for the client. In a quiet-title case for a large national bank involving allegations of deed forgery and other misconduct, she won dismissal of most of the case on summary judgment, which led to the voluntary dismissal of the entire action by the plaintiff prior to trial. After a 10-day hearing in a condemnation action in which she represented the owner of an office building demolished to make way for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Board of View awarded the client more than twice the amount initially offered by the Commonwealth as just compensation.
Her commitment to justice is evident through her pro bono representation, including her work in 2014 as part of the firm’s team in Whitewood v. Wolf, obtaining the landmark ruling declaring Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional. She has also served as co-counsel with Juvenile Law Center in a federal civil suit arising out of the Luzerne County “kids-for-cash” scandal. In 2010, she was a co-recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s prestigious Pro Bono Award for their efforts in this case.
Currently, Rebecca is part of the 2017 Class of Leadership Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and connects the talent of the private sector to serve the community. She also serves on the Parent Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Intensive Care Nursery.
Rebecca is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, summa cum laude, where she was an articles editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a legal writing instructor. Before joining Hangley Aronchick, she clerked for The Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.