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 has served as lead trial counsel and as second chair in multiple civil litigations. Melanie is also 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 very involved in the Philadelphia legal community. She is currently an Executive Committee member of the Community Legal Services Board, serving as Co-Chair of the Nominations Committee. She is also the Treasurer of the Temple American Inn of Court. She is a former member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division Executive Committee. She currently serves as a member of the Association’s Large Firm Associates’ Committee. Melanie is the Founder and Chair of Justice Rising, a young professionals organization associated with Community Legal Services dedicated to access to justice.

Melanie also volunteers her time with the women’s collective giving organization, Impact100 Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Interview Program, serving as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia region’s interviewing of prospective undergraduates.

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. She is barred in Pennsylvania and New York.


Published Works

"Conflicting Opinions on Personal Injury Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporations Linger in Pa.," The Legal Intelligencer, Personal Injury Supplement, November 2020

"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

Classes/Seminars Taught

Negligence 101 - A Pennsylvania and Florida Legal Overview, Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, December 15, 2020

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
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch©, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
2019 Craig M. Perry Service Award, Philadelphia Bar Association
Associations & memberships
Community Legal Services, Board Member and Leadership Council Member
Impact100 Philadelphia, Young Philanthropist
Justice Rising Advocates, Community Legal Services, Founding Chair, 2017
Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Large Firm Associates' Committee Member
Temple American Inn of Court, Treasurer
University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interviewing Co-Chair, Philadelphia Region
Year joined