Melanie J. Foreman


Melanie is an associate in the Casualty Department, where she defends insured and self-insured entities against claims in state and federal court. She focuses her practice on litigation related to product liability, premises and municipal liability, and commercial transportation.  Melanie is responsible for taking depositions, making oral arguments before the Court, and drafting pleadings and motions, having successfully obtained final adjudication via the summary judgment phase.

Prior to joining the firm, Melanie served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas. During her tenure, Melanie drafted judicial opinions and conducted pre-trial conferences by mediating between parties to settle cases and ensure cases were trial-ready.

Melanie is a two-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2008 summa cum laude and her juris doctor in 2013.  Melanie is currently a member of the Community Legal Services Leadership Council, and an Executive Committee Member of both the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and the Temple American Inn of Court.  Melanie is the Founder and Chair of Justice Rising, a young professionals organization associated with Community Legal Services dedicated to access to justice.  She is barred in Pennsylvania and New York.

Published Works

"The Fight to Stop Predatory Lending in Pennsylvania," co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 24, 2019

"Endless Statute of Limitations For Uninsured Motorist Claims In Pennsylvania?," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018

"Young Professionals and Community Legal Services Partner Up," co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, January 24, 2017

"When Targeted Killing Is Not Permissible: An Evaluation of Targeted Killing Under the Laws of War and Morality," University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, January 2013

Pro Bono Activities

Community Legal Services Leadership Council

Justice Rising, Founder and Chair, Philadelphia, PA

New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2013)
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)
Honors & awards
2019 Craig M. Perry Service Award, Philadelphia Bar Association
Associations & memberships
Community Legal Services, Leadership Council Member
Impact100 Philadelphia, Young Philanthropist
Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Executive Committee Member
Justice Rising Advocates, Community Legal Services, Founding Chair, 2017
Temple American Inn of Court, Administrator
University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interviewing Co-Chair, Philadelphia Region
Year joined