Melissa L. Evans
Firm: Jackson Lewis P.C.
Address: One PPG Place, 28th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Membership: Professional Associations and Activities•American Bar Association •American Inns of Court •Allegheny County Bar Association •National Employment Lawyers Association •Pennsylvania Bar Association •Special Advisory Committee on E-Discovery Specia
University: University of Vermont, B.A., 1994, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2000
Admitted: 2000, Pennsylvania; 2001, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 2003, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Melissa L. Evans is Of Counsel in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She joined the firm as an Associate in July 2011. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Ms. Evans was an Associate with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP, where she concentrated in the field of labor and employment litigation, including specifically individual and class/collective action discrimination and wage and hour claims. Because the majority of her work at her prior firm involved representation of plaintiffs, Ms. Evans brings to Jackson Lewis a unique and valuable perspective in the practice of employment law on behalf of employers. Ms. Evans' practice is currently focused exclusively on representing employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the state and federal levels, as well as client counseling on issues of compliance and litigation avoidance. As part of her extensive commercial litigation experience, Ms. Evans has developed considerable expertise in the area of electronic discovery, which makes her uniquely qualified to develop effective and efficient approaches to case management. Because of her extensive experience with and knowledge of e-Discovery, she serves as the firm's e-Discovery Coordinator for the Pittsburgh office. In addition, Ms. Evans was recently asked by members of the federal bench in the Western District of Pennsylvania to serve on an advisory committee to the Court as part of its development and implementation of an innovative Electronic Discovery Special Masters Program, in direct response to the challenges currently posed by e-discovery to parties across the nation. After the launch of the program, and following a careful application and review process, Ms. Evans was approved by the Court to serve as an E-Discovery Special Master. During law school, Ms. Evans was active in the Women's Law Association and involved with the Student Bar Association. She also clerked for the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont. Honors and Recognitions Melissa L. Evans Pro Bono and Community Involvement•Mt. Lebanon Historical Society, Board Member and Secretary (2009 - present) •National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Pittsburgh Chapter, Planning Committee for annual fundraiser Walk to Break the Silence (2008 - present) •Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partners Board (2007-2010) Published Works•“Magistrate Judges and CERCLA Allocation: Got Consent? American Bar Association Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 17, Issue No. 3 (Spring 2006) [Author] • Electronic Discovery: What Form and Who Pays? Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Update, Vol. 6, Issue No. 4 (Fall 2001) [Author]