Hangley Aronchick is proud to announce that shareholder Rebecca Melley been recognized as a Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer. This award honors the best attorneys under 40 years old in Pennsylvania. Melley will be honored at the Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards in June.

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.

Her commitment to justice is evident through her pro bono representations, 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.

Melley was part of the 2018 Class of Leadership Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and connects the talent of the private sector to serve the community. She currently serves on the Parent Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Intensive Care Nursery. Within the firm, Rebecca serves as Co-Chair of the Hiring Committee.

Melley 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.