Melissa Murray Rigney

Associate Attorney

Direct Dial: (267) 544-9905

Practice Areas

Land Use and Development
Real Estate
Business and Commerce
Estates and Trusts
Litigation

Professional Background

Ms. Rigney is an accomplished trial attorney whose experience spans a number of  legal disciplines.  She focuses her practice on the representation of the firm's telecommunications clients before municipal entities and state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Ms. Rigney also represents the firm's clients in commercial and estate planning matters.  

Ms. Rigney is a graduate of Widener University Law School, where she was named to the Dean's Honor List and admitted to the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society.  During law school, Ms. Rigney attended evening classes while working full time for the Honorable Albert John Snite, Jr. and Marlene Lachman of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  She was a member of Widener's ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition Team, and was a semi-finalist in the Michigan State University-Detriot College of Law National Trial Advocacy Competition.  She also assisted indigent clients in the Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinic as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Certified Intern.  

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Rigney served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia County.  She then entered private practice with a well-known Burlington County, New Jersey law firm, where she represented commercial clients in real estate, construction, corporate formation, and complex structured settlement buy-out matters.  She also represented individuals in estate planning and family matters. 
 
Ms. Rigney is a graduate of West Virginia University.  As an undergraduate, she received the P.I. Reed School of Journalism Scholarship, and participated in the Miss America Scholarship Organization.  As a Miss America candidate, she founded the READ: Awaken Your Imagination program, and was an advocate for early childhood education throughout the state of West Virginia. 

Education

West Virginia University, B.A., Journalism - 1996
Widener University School of Law, J.D. - 2002

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

Montgomery County Bar Association