Melissa Brown is a Partner with Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly’s New Jersey Office. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Federal and State Courts.  Melissa serves as the Chair to the New Jersey Attorney Ethics Committee, District IV, having been appointed to the role by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Melissa graduated from Rutgers College in 2004, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Psychology.  She attended Rutgers Law School, graduating in 2007.  During law school Melissa was honored in receiving the Reed Smith Clinical Excellence Award. Melissa was also distinguished as a “Best Oralist” in the 2006 Hunter Moot Court Competition, and she was the recipient of the Hon. Rudolph J. Rossetti Memorial Scholarship and the Honorable Nathan C. Staller Scholarship. Melissa interned for the Honorable John R. Rauh, J.S.C. and participated in the Rutgers Mediation Project where she was certified as a “Trained Mediator” and provided mediation services at the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.  Finally, Melissa participated in Rutgers’ Civil Justice Clinic and Children’s Justice Clinic advocating for the rights of indigent clients.

Since joining Marks O’Neill in 2008, Melissa has represented clients in litigation arising from Professional Liability and Healthcare, Municipal and Public Entity Liability, Labor and Employment, Cyber Liability, Premises Liability and Casualty.  She defends professionals across various industries, including legal, medical, financial, insurance, and real estate against claims of malpractice.  She represents employers in labor and employment disputes arising from wrongful termination, discrimination and executive malfeasance.  She defends medical professionals in complaints before the New Jersey Medical Boards. She defends corporations and individuals in Cyber Litigation.  She handles negligence claims arising from hiring, training and security resulting in sexual misconduct.  She has significant class action litigation experience ranging from national medical billing litigation to prisoner strip searches.  She also has extensive practice in dram shop liability and casualty.

Melissa has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013-2020. This honor is bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in the State of New Jersey who are 40 years old or younger.  She has lectured on the topics of deliberate indifference, medical malpractice, medicine, civil practice, expert discovery, alternative dispute resolution and insurance bad faith to her peers, claims personnel, medical personnel and students attending local law schools and colleges.

Stancil v. ACE USA, 211 N.J. 276 (2012)(Workers’ Compensation Act does not create common law remedy for willful failure to comply with Court orders).

Estate of Greenstein v. Regency Heritage Nursing & Rehab, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 440 (2020)(App. Div. affirmed dismissal of medical malpractice action in favor of arbitration).

Soto-Munuz v. Corizon, Inc., 665 Fed. Appx. 226 (3d Cir. 2016) (Third Circuit affirmed grant of summary judgment to correctional medical entity and provider in deliberate indifference case arising from Gastrointestinal care).

Formica v. Atlantic City Board of Education, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2091(2011)(App. Div. affirmed summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of retaliation and failure to accommodate under the LAD).

Wilson v. Correctional Medical Services, 412 Fed. Appx. 424 (2010)(Third Circuit affirmed dismissal of correctional malpractice claims due to plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies).

Agostino v. Credit Collection Services, 210 U.S. Dist. Lexis 135310 (2010)(Denial of FDCPA and RICO class certification)

CCC Atlantic, LLC. V. Silverang, Donohoe, Rosenzweig & Haltzman, LLC, 18-cv-17433 (July 25, 2019)(Summary Judgment granted in a legal malpractice action arising from complex commercial litigation with alleged damages in excess of $50 million dollars).

Perez v. Nour Pharmacy, PAS-L-3289-18 (2019)(Motion to Dismiss granted in wrongful death opioid litigation).

J.P. v. Nature’s Classroom, MER-273-15 (2018) (Motion to Dismiss granted in favor of camp arising from sexual misconduct case involving a minor with special needs).

Dasaro v. Correct Care Solutions, 14-CV-07773 (2018)(Summary Judgment granted to correctional medical entity and providers in deliberate indifference and medical negligence claims in wrongful death case).

Moreland v. Mercer County Improvement Authority, L-227-11(2016)(Summary Judgment granted to public entity on various Title 59 immunities in wrongful death case involving a toddler).

Estate of Harrison v. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino and Hoot Owl Restaurants, LLC, 12-6683 (2016)(Summary Judgment granted on dram shop claims in wrongful death litigation).

Melissa J. Brown
Partner / New Jersey

Phone 856-406-1321
Email mbrown@moodklaw.com

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Education

  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Rutgers College, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law, Municipal & Public Entity
  • Healthcare & Catastrophic & Excess Loss
  • Professional Liability

Representative Cases

Stancil v. ACE USA, 211 N.J. 276 (2012)(Workers’ Compensation Act does not create common law remedy for willful failure to comply with Court orders).

Estate of Greenstein v. Regency Heritage Nursing & Rehab, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 440 (2020)(App. Div. affirmed dismissal of medical malpractice action in favor of arbitration).

Soto-Munuz v. Corizon, Inc., 665 Fed. Appx. 226 (3d Cir. 2016) (Third Circuit affirmed grant of summary judgment to correctional medical entity and provider in deliberate indifference case arising from Gastrointestinal care).

Formica v. Atlantic City Board of Education, 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2091(2011)(App. Div. affirmed summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of retaliation and failure to accommodate under the LAD).

Wilson v. Correctional Medical Services, 412 Fed. Appx. 424 (2010)(Third Circuit affirmed dismissal of correctional malpractice claims due to plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies).

Agostino v. Credit Collection Services, 210 U.S. Dist. Lexis 135310 (2010)(Denial of FDCPA and RICO class certification)

CCC Atlantic, LLC. V. Silverang, Donohoe, Rosenzweig & Haltzman, LLC, 18-cv-17433 (July 25, 2019)(Summary Judgment granted in a legal malpractice action arising from complex commercial litigation with alleged damages in excess of $50 million dollars).

Perez v. Nour Pharmacy, PAS-L-3289-18 (2019)(Motion to Dismiss granted in wrongful death opioid litigation).

J.P. v. Nature’s Classroom, MER-273-15 (2018) (Motion to Dismiss granted in favor of camp arising from sexual misconduct case involving a minor with special needs).

Dasaro v. Correct Care Solutions, 14-CV-07773 (2018)(Summary Judgment granted to correctional medical entity and providers in deliberate indifference and medical negligence claims in wrongful death case).

Moreland v. Mercer County Improvement Authority, L-227-11(2016)(Summary Judgment granted to public entity on various Title 59 immunities in wrongful death case involving a toddler).

Estate of Harrison v. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino and Hoot Owl Restaurants, LLC, 12-6683 (2016)(Summary Judgment granted on dram shop claims in wrongful death litigation).

Publications

Office

New Jersey
Cherry Tree Corporate Center, 535 Route 38 East, Suite 501, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002