150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Melissa M. Boyd

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High Swartz LLP

Contact Information

Office:
40 E. Airy Street
P.O. Box 671
Norristown PA 19401
Work (610) 275-0700
Fax (610) 275-5290


Practice State

Pennsylvania

Introduction

Ms. Boyd is a family law practitioner with extensive experience in the courtroom, but she also prides herself in seeking creative and satisfying solutions for her clients outside of the courtroom. As such, she understands the balance between knowing the landscape of Pennsylvania law and the unique issues each client is facing. From proactive prenuptial agreement planning, to handling separation and divorce while focusing on the best interest of the children in custody situations, Ms. Boyd has experience to match each one of her client's particular situations.

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

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Counties

  • Bucks, Pennsylvania
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Delaware, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education

University of Baltimore School of Law - Baltimore, Maryland, Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude

Washington College - Chestertown, Maryland, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude - Major in Sociology, Minor in Political Science

Legal Organizations

Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) 

          PBA Family Law Section (FLS)

               *Elected Member, PBA FLS Council, 2007-2010; 2011-2014

               *Executive Committee, 2013-2014

               *Member, Program Committee, 2009-2012

               *Chair, Custody Local Rules Committee, 2011

               *Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2014-present

           Member, PBA Women in the Profession

   Montgomery Bar Association (MBA)

              *Board of Directors, 2012-2015

              *Member, Executive Committee, 2012, 2013, 2014

              *Law Reporter Committee (Chair in 2013), 2011-2013

              *Long Range Planning Committee, 2013-2016

              *Leadership Academy, 2014-2015

              *Family Law Section

                       *Chair, 2015

                       *Vice Chair, 2014

                       *Secretary, 2013

                       *Treasurer, 2012

                       *Chair, Custody Committee, 2011

                       *Chair, Equitable Distribution Committee, 2009

            *Vice-Chair, Community Outreach Committee, 2011-present; Committee of the Year, 2016

            *Women in Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2011

            *Member, Diversity Committee

            *Member, Children's Rights Committee

            *Member, Nominating Committee, 2015, 2016

            *Member, Awards Committee, Chair, 2017

             *Educator, Law and Liberty Civics Program, 6th Grade

    Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, Board Member, 2015-2017; Volunteer Attorney, 2008-present

    Montgomery Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013-present

    Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court

    Philadelphia Bar Association      

    Bucks County Bar Association      

Awards

Received Montgomery Bar Association, President's Award, 2014

Named Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2011

Named Super Lawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition, 2015, 2016, 2017

Named Rising Star, Philadelphia Magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Named Ten Leaders, Matrimonial & Divorce Law, Greater Philadelphia, Age 45 and under, 2010

Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court Frederick Cohen, Esquire, Award of Excellence, 2009, 2011, 2015

CLE Presentations

Presenter, PBI: Child Custody: Practice Ready Skills Training, 2017

Presenter, PBA FLS: The Secret of Support Remedies, 2017

Presenter, PBI: The Second Season, Issues for Divorce Over Fifty, 2012, 2015

Presenter, PBI: Hot Tips in Family Law, 2015

Program Moderator, PBI: Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases

Presenter/Moderator, PBA FLS Summer Meeting, Small Business Valuation Workshop, 2014

Course Planner/Presenter Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)-Pennsylvania’s Custody Act 112 – 2 ½ Years Later And Still Evolving, 2013

Presenter/Author MBA Family Law Practicum, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013

Presenter/Author MBA Joint Family Law/Elder Law Seminar, 2006, 2011

Presenter/Author PBI Family Law Institute, 2006, 2007, 2012

Presenter/Author PBI Family of Laws for Family Lawyers, 2012, 2014

Presenter PBI Family Law in the Internet Age, 2012

Presenter/Author PBI Slicing Up the Pie: Property Division in Pennsylvania, 2010, 2012

Presenter PBI Divorce Over 50, 2012

Presenter PBI Drafting Marital Settlements, 2009

Presenter Execusense Webinar: What Family Lawyers Need to Know About Using Facebook as an Effective Tool for Online Evidence, 2010

Presenter PBI Pennsylvania’s New Custody Statute, 2011

Presenter PBI Family Lawyer’s Divorce Tool Kit, 2011

Miscellaneous presentations made at the Montgomery Bar Association and Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court

 

Author

“An Order Denying Contempt Is Not Immediately Appealable Unless Relief Is Denied Under An Earlier Final Order”  Pennsylvania Family Lawyer,September 2013

Court Authorized To Appoint Counsel Or Guardian Ad Litem In Termination Proceedings,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, December 2012

“Equal Amenities at Both Parents’ Houses Not the Standard for Child Support in High Income Cases in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, March 2009

“Civility in the Profession,” Philadelphia Business Journal, February 2012

“Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right For Your Business?,” Philadelphia Business Journal, March 2009

"When Are Gifts Treated As Income?" Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar, Summer 2004

"Of the People, By the People, For the People: A Unique Countywide Arts Initiative & Courthouse Improvement Project," Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar, April 2013

Other Miscellaneous Articles for Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar

Contributing Author to PBI Press Slicing Up the Pie:  Property Distribution, Chapter 9: Effectuating Distribution of Award/Agreement, 2010, 2012

AAML National

Certified Arbitrator, August 2013

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