Melanie S. Carter

Biography

Melanie Carter regularly counsels clients in complex commercial and corporate matters, including:

  • corporate litigation and business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, and other business torts
  • real estate tax assessment and exemption litigation
  • energy and environmental litigation
  • white collar criminal defense litigation and government investigations
  • contract matters for 501(c)(3) organizations

Melanie began her legal career as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

While in law school, Melanie served as Executive Articles and Symposium Editor with the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review. She also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Melanie worked in public education through Teach For America.

Melanie serves as a member of the Firm’s Philadelphia Attorney Recruiting and Retention Committee, sits on the Firm's Alumni Committee, and she co-chaired the Philadelphia 2017 Summer Associate Program.

Related Services

Experience

  • Second-chaired a two-week federal arbitration bringing contract and products-related claims on behalf of a food company against a distributor.
  • A global energy and petrochemical company, in a land-use appeal.
  • An international food company, defended in a complex maritime matter.
  • Shielded partnership client from litigation risks relating to civil and criminal allegations through an internal investigation.
  • A performance fabrics and textiles manufacturer, to enforce non-compete obligations of high-level employees in federal arbitration.
  • A former Chief Compliance Officer of a money services business, defended against claims brought by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
  • A public utility company, in breach of contract proceedings in federal court and before a panel of federal arbitrators.
  • A pipeline logistics company, in proceedings before a state regulatory agency.
  • A manager of a joint venture, defended against a foreign shell entity in federal court proceedings.
  • A software as a services company, in breach of contract claims in federal arbitration.

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Recognitions

  • 2017, “Rising Star” in Business Litigation, listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®
  • 2016, “Who’s Next Law,” listed in Billy Penn
  • 2015, “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” listed in The Legal Intelligencer

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Temple Law Alumni Association
Professional Activities

Since 2015, Melanie has served on the Board of Directors of the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, and she currently serves on the organization’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

Melanie represented the Firm as a participant in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2017 Pathfinders Program, a landmark program created to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Melanie has served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and has served on the Executive Committee’s Cabinet as Financial Secretary.

Melanie has received Blank Rome’s Pro Bono Awards for providing over 65 hours of service in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and in 2014 was recognized with the Blank Rome Pro Bono Hero Award for her work on behalf of indigent clients, including a client facing life imprisonment and seeking a new trial under the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief Act, and clients served through the Nationalities Services Center, the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the SeniorLAW Center.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • Butler University, BA, cum laude; High Honors in Music; Honors in German
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD