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Melanie J. Foreman

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2694
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Melanie is an associate in the Casualty Department, where she defends insured and self-insured entities against claims in state and federal court. She focuses her practice on litigation related to product liability, premises and municipal liability, and commercial transportation.  Melanie is responsible for taking depositions, making oral arguments before the Court, and drafting pleadings and motions, having successfully obtained final adjudication via the summary judgment phase.

Prior to joining the firm, Melanie served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas. During her tenure, Melanie drafted judicial opinions and conducted pre-trial conferences by mediating between parties to settle cases and ensure cases were trial-ready.

Melanie is a two-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2008 summa cum laude and her juris doctor in 2013.  Melanie is currently a member of the Community Legal Services Leadership Council, and an Executive Committee Member of both the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and the Temple American Inn of Court.  Melanie is the Founder and Chair of Justice Rising, a young professionals organization associated with Community Legal Services dedicated to access to justice.  She is barred in Pennsylvania and New York.

Published Works

  • "The Fight to Stop Predatory Lending in Pennsylvania," co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 24, 2019

  • "Endless Statute of Limitations for Uninsured Motorist Claims in Pennsylvania?," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
  • "Young Professionals and Community Legal Services Partner Up," co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, January 24, 2017

  • "When Targeted Killing Is Not Permissible: An Evaluation of Targeted Killing Under the Laws of War and Morality," University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, January 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Community Legal Services Leadership Council

  • Justice Rising, Founder and Chair, Philadelphia, PA


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 2013)

    Law Review: Journal of Constitutional Law, Research & Technology Editor

    Member: Reproductive Rights Law Project, Senior Research Director; Penn Law Chapter of the American Inns of Court

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (B.A., 2008)

    Honors: summa cum laude

    Major: Political Science & American History

Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Melanie J. Foreman, Esq.* Key Points: Claims for uninsured motorist claims are based in contract. The statute of limitations for an uninsured motorist claim under an insurance policy..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
November 14, 2019
Melanie J. Foreman, associate in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, is the 2019 recipient of the Craig M. Perry Service Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Ms. Foreman will accept the award at the December 5th YLD...
October 2, 2018
Class Action & The Marshall Dennehey Horns, the in-house rock-and-roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will compete at the 3rd Annual Law Rocks Philadelphia event on October 18 at the World Café Live to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Law Rocks is a...
December 4, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that the firm has received the "Vision Award" from the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a law firm that supports the professional development of young lawyers, as...


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2014
  • Pennsylvania, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2016

Associations & Memberships

  • Community Legal Services, Leadership Council Member
  • Impact100 Philadelphia, Young Philanthropist
  • Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, Executive Committee Member
  • Justice Rising Advocates, Community Legal Services, Founding Chair, 2017
  • Temple American Inn of Court, Administrator
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interviewing Co-Chair, Philadelphia Region

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Craig M. Perry Service Award, Philadelphia Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2015

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