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Mark Melodia

Mark S. Melodia



  • New York University School of Law, 1988, J.D., with honors, Elected as Competitions Director and to Executive Committee of Moot Court Board; National Member of The Order of Barristers
  • Princeton University, 1985, A.B., with honors, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit

Mark is the founder of the firm’s Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security Group and co-leader of the IP, Information & Innovation Group. He has recognized experience in litigating putative class actions and other "bet-the-company" suits in the following three areas: (1) data security/privacy; (2) mortgage/financial services; and (3) other complex business litigation.

Mark has defended more than 75 putative class actions arising from alleged consumer privacy violations, both in the data breach and website/mobile app space. He routinely represents clients responding to government privacy investigations before the FTC, Office for Civil Rights, state attorneys general and the DOJ.

Employment History

  • 1988 - Reed Smith
    • Co-Leader Intellectual Property, Information & Innovation Group
    • Founder Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security Team
    • Former Co-Chair of Financial Services Industry Team
    • Former Practice Leader of Financial Services Litigation Group
    • Served on Pro Bono, Recruiting and Associates Committees, and as the Administrative Partner of the Princeton office

Honors & Awards

  • Elected Member of The American Law Institute.
  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2012-2014 in the area of Privacy & Data Security: Nationwide 
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in 2011-2013 for regularly advising clients "on the issues that arise from the actual and potential breaches of personal information” 
  • Named in 2011 by Law360 as one of four national MVPs in Privacy & Consumer Protection.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, New Jersey Chapter
  • New York University, Guest Lecturer


A former member of the Actors’ Equity Union, Mark performed in musical theater productions, industrial shows and commercials from 1974 to 1988, working his way through college and law school. In his last professional show, he met his wife, Dianne, with whom he has two daughters. The Melodias live in Pennington, New Jersey.