Jed D. Melnick, Esq.

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Jed D. Melnick, Esq. has been involved in the mediation and successful resolution of hundreds of complex international disputes with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars. He has mediated over one thousand disputes, published articles on mediation, founded a nationally ranked dispute resolution journal, and taught young mediators. Mr. Melnick handles a wide variety of cases, however, has significant experience in complex financial cases including derivatives and major bankruptcies. He often works alongside the Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), one of the nation's preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes, to handle the largest and most complex international cases.

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

  • Mr. Melnick mediates cases with aggregate values of billions of dollars annually and works 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
  • Part of team that settled numerous securities actions arising out of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy including the Class Action against former Directors and Officers of Lehman, the Underwriters, and numerous individual securities and ARS related matters
  • Part of team that settled numerous securities actions arising out of the Adelphia bankruptcy including the Class Action and numerous related actions against the former Directors and Officers, Underwriters, as well as Adelphia's former law firm and auditor
  • Successfully mediated creditor claims against the former chairman of a major international law firm alleging mismanagement leading to the firm's Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Representative International Matters

  • 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 v. SearchMedia Holdings Limited, f/k/a Ideation Acquisition Corp, et al.
  • 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.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • In Re: El Paso (Kinder Morgan acquisition) Corporation Shareholder Litigation
  • Securities Class Actions: involving Adelphia, Enron, Lehman Brothers Directors, and other major NYSE and NASDAQ corporations including:
    • In Re: Sadia S.A. Securities Litigation 
    • In Re: Tronox, Inc. Securities Litigation
    • Shapiro v. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.  
    • In Re: Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. Securities Litigation
    • In Re: SCOR Holding AG Securities Litigation
    • In Re: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Securities Litigation
  • Other Matters
    • Mediated a dispute related to investments in the US sub-prime market involving various insurance carriers (from the US, UK, Belgium, and Netherlands) and a Belgium holding company.
    • Settled a class action, involving insurance coverage issues, related to a reverse merger case of a China based entertainment kiosk company.
    • Settled various proceedings in the Bankruptcy case of a China based pharmaceutical holding company.
    • Settled a class action, involving insurance coverage issues, related to a reverse merger case of a China based online retail company.  The insurance carriers in this dispute included US and China based insurers.
    • Settled a contract dispute related to breaches of certain representations of intellectual property rights in a Purchase Agreement between a US affiliate of a Japanese company and a US company.
    • Settled a class action, involving insurance coverage issues, related to a reverse merger case of a China based environmental resource management company.  

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016
  • Selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for 2010, 2011 and 2012, by Law & 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


  • Author, "Lost Opportunities in Mediation," Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation, Vol 19, Issue 4, June 2013
  • Author, Editor and Moderator, "The Role of Mediation and Insurance in Bet the Company Litigation," Cardozo J. Conflict Resol., Vol 14.2, 2013
  • 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 on


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:
  • Panelist, "Current Issues in D&O Liability & Insurance 2016," The New York City Bar, May 11, 2016
  • Speaker at "Negotiation-Best Practices" Bridge-the-Gap II for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2015, August 12, 2015
  • Panelist on a 2015 ACCEC Panel called “Successfully Resolving Cases: Mediation and London Arbitration Tips from the Experts,” May 22, 2015
  • Panelist on a 2015 CLM Bermuda Chapter Educational Event, March 5, 2015
  • Panelist on a 2015 PLUS D&O Symposium, "The Post-Halliburton World: Securities Class Action Update", February 4, 2015
  • Panelist on a webinar hosted by Advisen - Insurance Intelligence, "Advison Webinar: Quarterly D&O Claims Trends: Q3 2014", October 16, 2014
  • Speaker at American Conference Institute, D&O Liability, Mediation and Settlement Negotiation of D&O Claims: "Attaining a Favorable Result for Your Client or Company", New York City, October 21, 2013
  • Speaker at Wiley Rein Professional Liability Insurance Seminar, "Mediator's Perspective on The Role of Insurance in Mediation", New York City, October 17, 2013
  • "Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties" Philadelphia, September 20, 2012
  • "Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties" CLM Annual National Conference, San Diego, March 29, 2012
  • "The Role of Mediation and Insurance in Bet the Company Litigation" Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, February 9, 2012
  • "Developments in Securities Class Actions and Derivative Litigation", Bermuda, January 26, 2012
  • "Insurance Coverage and Arbitrations and Mediations", New York City, September 13, 2011
  • 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

  • Founder and first Editor-in-Chief, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • 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
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania School of Law Mediation Clinic, 2006-2007
  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1994


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