Melissa is a partner and Vice-Chair of Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group. She focuses her litigation and trial practice on pharmaceutical product liability, medical device product liability, commercial litigation, and e-discovery related issues.
Melissa currently serves as co-lead counsel in defense of mass tort litigation involving a prescription hormonal contraceptive product, with coordinated proceedings in both Missouri and New Jersey; as strategic counsel for a manufacturer in an MDL proceeding involving a pelvic mesh product; and liaison counsel for that same manufacturer in a New Jersey coordinated mass tort proceeding.
Melissa has tried commercial cases in federal court and a number of product liability cases in Philadelphia state court, and is co-lead trial counsel for Merck in the NuvaRing® litigation, where early trials were ultimately avoided as a result of summary judgment wins. Melissa played a lead role in the post-summary judgment mediations.
Melissa also has considerable experience conducting early case risk assessments on behalf of pharmaceutical clients.
As a member of the firm's Records & E-Discovery (RED) Team and former Director of Complex Litigation Electronic Discovery, she has extensive experience counseling clients on best practices concerning e-discovery and cross-border data transfer issues.