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Melinda M. Previtera - Philadelphia, PA

1845 Walnut Street19th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 - 4716

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Philadelphia Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Melinda M. Previtera focuses her practice in all areas of family law including divorce, child support and custody, same-sex marriage rights, and domestic violence law.

Building great relationships with clients is the cornerstone to Melinda’s successful practice as a family law attorney. Her passion and experience allows her to tackle the most complicated cases with confidence and knowledge to obtain the best outcomes for her clients...

Melinda M. Previtera focuses her practice in all areas of family law including divorce, child support and custody, same-sex marriage rights, and domestic violence law.

Building great relationships with clients is the cornerstone to Melinda’s successful practice as a family law attorney. Her passion and experience allows her to tackle the most complicated cases with confidence and knowledge to obtain the best outcomes for her clients. As partner, she is the attorney team lead and acts as a mentor for the firm’s associates.

“Working in this intense legal field is a privilege which continues to spark my love for litigation, negotiation, and advocacy.”

Prior to moving to private practice, Ms. Previtera served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James P. Savio in the family division. After working at Petrelli Law as an associate, Melinda joined the firm as a partner in 2017.

Melinda earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While at Rutgers, she received a certification in mediation, conducted research in child advocacy rights, and completed a domestic violence clinic. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from Dickinson College. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In addition to her legal background, Ms. Previtera is an executive committee member of the Justinian Society and an active member of both the Nicholas A. Ciprani Inn of Court and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The International Women’s Leadership Association recognized Melinda as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership” for her personal and professional achievements and for her dedication to supporting other women in reaching their goals. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list – an honor given to attorneys younger than 40 or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Also in 2016, Melinda was named to the Top 40 under 40 list by the Institute of Family Lawyers.

About Melinda M. Previtera

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Litigation

  • 80%

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • New Jersey, 2010

Specialties and Certifications

  • Mediation, State of New Jersey, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Executive Committee Member, Justinian Society of Lawyers, 2014 - 2017
  • Member, Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court, - 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Starting Strong: Skills of a Successful Lawyer, Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2016 - Present
  • Family Law Case Update: Winter 2016, Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2016 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • LEGAL VIP VOLUNTEER, 2010 - 2017

Past Positions

  • The Law Offices of Nicholas A. Clemente, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2010 - 2013
  • Petrelli Law, Associate Attorney, 2013 - 2016

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    Juris Doctor
  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    B.S.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society
    Major: Political Science
    Major: Women Studies

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Paternity and Parentage in Same Sex Marriage, Legal Lookout, 2015

Office Information

Address

1845 Walnut Street19th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 - 4716

Fax

  • 215-966-8655

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Melinda M. Previtera

Included on the 2023 Pennsylvania list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Melinda M. Previtera on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Selected for inclusion to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars - 2016 to Present
  • Selected for inclusion to Institute of Family Lawyers Top 40 under 40 – 2016 to Present
  • Named a Woman of Outstanding Leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association

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