A rising star in litigation

Rebecca has been named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star each year since 2012.

Patent Case Management in the EDPA

Rebecca recently published an article, “Managing Patent Infringement Discovery in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” based on her experience representing clients in patent litigations in this district in the absence of local patent rules or other case management guidance specific to these cases.

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Justice for kids

Rebecca represents the class of juvenile victims of one of the worst judicial scandals in Pennsylvania history in the “Kids-for-Cash” litigation, for which the Hangley Aronchick team received the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s prestigious Pro Bono award.

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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 2018 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. Within the firm, Rebecca serves as Co-Chair of the Hiring Committee.

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.

Honors & Awards

Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers, 2012 – 2017

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Articles Editor

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor

Award Methodologies


“Managing Patent Infringement Discovery in Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” The Legal Intelligencer, December 24, 2015

“The Court of Judicial Discipline: A Review of the First Twenty Years,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, January 2013 (with John S. Summers)

Memberships & Community

Approved Arbitrator in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Class of 2018

Pennsylvania Hospital Intensive Care Nursery, Parent Advisory Board

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