Four Penn Center
Suite 900
1600 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia PA, 19103

800.684.9338 (direct)
215.292.2103 (mobile)
267.528.0726 (fax)

Melissa R. Lock


Melissa specializes in labor and employment law.  She defends companies and their employees in federal and state court actions and before administrative agencies alleging employment discrimination, civil rights violations and defamation.  She advises and provides training to companies on various employment matters.  Specifically, Melissa drafts FMLA, electronic use, drug and alcohol testing and other policies and advises the firm’s clients on questions regarding the FMLA, wage and hour laws, employee terminations, harassment investigations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  She also drafts agreements, including employment agreements, separation agreements, and confidentiality and/or noncompete agreements.  Melissa devotes a portion of her practice to commercial and catastrophic tort matters.

Education and Admissions


New Jersey


J.D., Villanova University School of Law (1998), magna cum laude,
Order of the Coif, Associate Editor of Villanova Law Review
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1995), magna cum laude
Law Clerk to Judge Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (1998-1999)


Work Highlights

  • Handled all aspects of trials to verdict on restrictive covenants in Philadelphia Common Pleas and New Jersey Superior Courts.
  • Obtained summary judgments on various employment matters and claims in defense of major chemical company, major defense contractor, health care system and various other employers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and federal courts.

Prior Affiliations

Associate, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (1999-2002)
Associate, Archer & Greiner, LLP (2002-2004)