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Jed D. Melnick

Jed D. Melnick, Esq. has been involved in the mediation and successful resolution of hundreds of complex disputes with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars. He has mediated over 750 disputes, published articles on mediation, founded a nationally ranked dispute resolution journal and taught young mediators. Mr. Melnick serves as a mediator, appointed by Judge Kaplan, in the Lehman ADR Derivative Contract Program. He is the managing partner for Weinstein Melnick LLC, working alongside the Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), one of the nation’s preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr. Melnick was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers“Rising Star,” the only “Rising Star” in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category in Pennsylvania. He was also selected to the 2010 list of Pennsylvania “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” a recognition given to 30 Pennsylvania Lawyers under the age of 40 by Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Managing mediator for the Weinstein Group; mediates cases with aggregate values of billions of dollars annually and helps to design innovative processes tailored to unique, complex and highly sensitive cases
  • Leading settlement efforts and working closely with Alabama District Court Judge Scott Coogler in a three-day mediation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in MBUSI v. Cobasys
  • Part of team that settled Adelphia Communications Corp. v. Deloitte & Touche LLP, pending in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Settlement Master and Judge Pro-Tem in the Appellate Mediation Program for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Representative Matters

  • Anti-trust Matters – including Nurse Wage Litigation, In Re: Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.), Muni Derivatives Market Litigation
  • Contract Disputes – including Exelon Generation Company, LLC v. General Atomic Technologies Corp., Sunoco, Inc. v. Epsilon and matters involving GM and Mercedes Benz
  • Coverage Litigation – including In Re: UnumProvident Corp., Aon, SCOR, American Business Financial Systems, Inc.
  • Employment Litigation – including the lead role mediating numerous matters as a federal mediator and panel member for the EEOC, including matters for Sunoco, Pitney Bowes, as well as numerous city and state agencies and authorities
  • ERISA Litigation – including Fiduciary Counselors, Inc. v. Magnuson, In Re: Ferro Corporation ERISA Litigation
  • Securities Class Actions – involving Adelphia, Enron, Lehman Directors and other major NYSE and NASDAQ corporations including:
    • In Re: Telik, Inc. Securities Litigation
    • In Re: TeleTech Securities Litigation
    • In Re: Lumenis Ltd. Securities Litigation
    • In Re: Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. Securities Litigation
    • In Re: SCOR Holding AG Securities Litigation
    • In Re: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Securities Litigation
  • Subprime Litigation – including New Century, ABFS, Lehman Brothers and extensive experience mediating issues coming out of the Subprime meltdown including Auction Rate Securities, Mortgage Backed Securities, Credit Default Swaps, Securities Class Actions, related insurance coverage issues and bankruptcy issues
  • Mediated dispute between a top nuclear physicist and premier defense contractor
  • Mediated complex class action multi-party $100 million dollar settlement in the New Century “sub-prime” bankruptcy
  • Mediated settlement of ERISA class action pending against Comcast Corp. that helped pave the way for the NBC and Comcast merger
  • Served as mediator in complex multi-party dispute involving alleged “mare lease” tax shelters and numerous defendants
  • Successfully mediated dispute between founding members of a company, investment hedge funds and acquiring company after a merger
  • Working with Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), mediated numerous aspects of the Adelphia Bankruptcy including the class actions against the Investment Banks, Auditor and Directors and Officers of Adelphia, Adelphia Recovery Trust (ART) settlement with the Auditor for 167.5 million, the ART settlement with the Wall Street Investment Banks for 175 million and numerous other cases involving the Directors and Officers and Auditor
  • Chinese Securities Litigation 
  • In Re: HQ Sustainable Maritime Indus., Inc. Securities and Derivative Litigation
  • In Re: China Medicine Securities Litigation
  • China Green Derivative Litigation
  • Murdeshwar vs SearchMedia Holdings Limited, f/k/a Ideation Acquisition Corp, et al.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010, 2011 and 2012, byLaw & Politics magazine and Philadelphia Magazine
  • Extensive bench and jury trial experience in the Major Trials Unit at the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, as well as civil litigation experience in state and federal Court
  • Member, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Pro-bono panel mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – successfully mediated numerous employment related matters from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware
  • Special Master/Judge Pro-Tem, Philadelphia Common Pleas Appellate Mediation Program


  • Co-Author with John Wilkinson, Vivien Shelanski, and Robin Gise, “Mediation Starts from the First Phone Call: Practice Points and Helpful Hints for Lawyers Going to Mediation,” Forthcoming Cardozo J. Conflict Resol., Vol 11, Number 2, 2010
  • Author, Substantive Introduction to “The Mediation of Securities Class Action Suits, A Panel Discussion Hosted by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,” Cardozo J. Conflict Resol., Vol. 9, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • Co-Author with Judge Weinstein and Michael Young, “The Role of Damages Issues – Post-Dura- In The Mediation Of Securities Class Actions,” Mealey’s Emerging Securities Litigation, Vol. 6, #3, September 2007
  • Contributed to “A Time to Cut Costs” by Gregory A. Markel, Chairman of the Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft Litigation Department, article found


Mr. Melnick is frequently invited to speak and act as a panelist on issues related to the mediation of Complex Commercial Litigation. A sampling of his speaking engagements is below:

  • “Insurance Coverage and Arbitrations and Mediations”, New York City, September 13, 2011
  • “Developments in Securities Class Actions and Derivative Litigation”, Bermuda, January 26, 2012
  • “The Role of Mediation and Insurance in Bet the Company Litigation” Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, February 9, 2012
  • “Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties” CLM Annual National Conference, San Diego, March 29, 2012
  • “Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties” Philadelphia, September 20, 2012
  • Introduced Panel Discussion, “The Mediation of Securities Class Action Suits” hosted at Cardozo Law School that included panelists, Judge Weinstein, Max Berger, Sam Rudman, Alan Salpeter, Greg Markel, Michael Goodstein, Michael Young and Mary Jo Berry
  • Panelist, “Advanced Mediation for Lawyers: Practice Pointers and Timely Tips,” Conflict Resolution at Work Symposium, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2009
  • Invited Guest Faculty, Representation in Mediation Seminar, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2009
  • Invited speaker for the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Fall 2008

Background and Education

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania School of Law Mediation Clinic
  • While in law school, part of the team from the Center for Court Innovation that founded and built the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in Crown Heights Brooklyn in part to address the conflicts between the orthodox Jewish community and the Caribbean and African American communities after the Crown Heights riots
  • Founder and first Editor-in-Chief, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1994

Contact Information

Office Direct: 646-688-4410
Mobile: 646-842-0141