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Mark S. Melodia

Mark S. Melodia

Partner

Education

  • 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
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

Mark is the founder of the firm’s Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security Group and co-chair 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 80 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-Chair 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

  • Leader of the team named 2015 Firm of the Year in Data Protection and Security by Legal 500 United States
  • Leader of the team named 2015 Litigation Department of the Year in Class Actions by the New Jersey Law Journal
  • Selected by The National Law Journal as a CyberSecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer in 2015
  • Named by Law360 in 2011 as one of four national MVPs in Privacy & Consumer Protection

Professional Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, Law360 Privacy & Consumer Protection
  • Instructor of Information Security Law, CISO Executive Education and Certification Program, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.
  • Advisory Board, ALM Cybersecurity
  • Elected Member, The American Law Institute
  • 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

Interests

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 New York.