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Melissa Lang

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melissa.lang@sweeneyfirm.com
Phone: (215) 963-2454
Facsimile: (215) 557-0999


Biography

Melissa Lang is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars, all federal district and circuit courts sitting in Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble. Ms. Lang has devoted her practice to the resolution of claims for individual and group accidental death, disability, and life insurance benefits, both ERISA and non-ERISA. Ms. Lang has also prosecuted and defended sales practices claims against brokers and insurers.

An active litigator who has represented insurers, financial institutions and health care providers in complex credit, coverage, commercial and personal injury litigation for more than thirty years, in addition to litigation, Melissa also serves as an advisor to institutional clients seeking amicable resolution to contract and payment disputes to structure results and promote commercial growth where adversarial actions may serve to destroy viable relationships which hold future profit potential.

Melissa’s efforts on behalf of a broad range of clientele have resulted in a positive impact on Pennsylvania law in the areas of contract interpretation and the scope of duties owed by insurers to insureds and third parties.

Melissa is a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas – Civil Division.

Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute – B. A., Political Science, 1983
Delaware Law School of Widener University – J.D., 1986

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Donald J. P. Sweeney, Esquire

1938-2021

Sweeney & Sheehan mourns the loss of its founder, Donald J.P. Sweeney, Esquire, on June 8, 2021. He was a proud graduate of St. Athanasius Catholic School, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University and Temple Law School. He practiced law for nearly 40 years, and founded Sweeney & Sheehan in 1971. He was active litigator and he specialized in catastrophic product liability cases. Don supported his children's activities, serving as soccer coach at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and President of the CYO. He was a lector for nearly 48 years and a member of the choir. He was an active supporter of St. Joseph's Prep and was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1999 and the Rev. Charles Schnorr, SJ '37 Service Award in 2005. He retired from the practice of law in 2004.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, his children, Shannon, Patrick, Daniel, Gerard and Suzanne, and ten grandchildren.

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