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James Melinson

Hon. James R. Melinson (Ret.)

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Doreen Lavery
T: 215-246-9494
F: 215-246-0949
1717 Arch Street , Suite 3810 , Philadelphia , PA 19103
Judge Melinson's experience as a judge, litigator, and neutral enables him to handle complex intellectual property cases. Judge Melinson has mediated thousands of cases with remarkable success. His broad background includes distinguished judicial service as Chief United States Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. In private practice, he has served as counsel, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator in a wide variety of complex matters. The Judge's tenacity, resourcefulness, and keen understanding of the diverse dynamics that drive settlement have made him a favorite of the Bench and Bar.

Representative Matters

  • Case against several large corporations alleging patent infringement for their use of a "dripless pouring spout" container for their laundry products
  • Counterfeit merchandise, trade-mark piracy
  • Dispute between national and international business competitors over whether trademarked package coloring scheme was a famous mark that had "acquired virtually universal recognition among consumers in this country"
  • Dispute between two corporations over exclusive right to professional sport league and their team logos
  • Disputes between restaurants involving trademark and recipe infringement
  • Software copyright disputes
  • Numerous honors and awards including the Philadelphia Bar Association’s highest honor, The Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, 2004, several Person of the Year Awards, and Distinguished Judicial Service Awards
  • Member, Judicial Resources Committee, United States Judicial Conference
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the Civil Justice Reform Act
  • Chairman, Committee on Magistrate Judges, American Bar Association: National Conference of Trial Judges
  • Member: American Bar Association, American Judges Association, Appellate Judges Conference, Federal Bar Association, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, and other professional organizations
  • Neutral Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia
  • Special Advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense for contract negotiations
  • General Counsel to Whiting-Patterson Co., Inc.
  • Chief Counsel to International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 159, AFL-CIO
  • Chief Negotiator, School District of Philadelphia
  • Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1990-2004 (Chief Magistrate Judge, 1997-2004)
  • Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Private Law Practice, Philadelphia, PA
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law (Full Academic Scholarship)
  • U.S. Army, Artillery Small Unit Commander
  • B.A., with honors, LaSalle University

Counsel Comments

    Lawyers Comments:

    “He’s the best Judge to appear before if you want to get the case settled that day.”

    “He has the most effective settlement technique I’ve ever seen.”

    “He was very well prepared.”

    “Superb demeanor.”

    “He settled a complex case all parties thought was impossible to settle.”

    “He rules promptly and fairly.”

    “He is completely fair and knows the law.”

    “He is a gentleman who treats lawyers very well.”

    “He’s hardworking, smart, committed and honest.”

    -Almanac of the Federal Judiciary




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