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Melinda Marie Previtera

Family Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 13 years
    New Jersey - NJ 13 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melinda

Learn Melinda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody, prenuptial and postnupital agreements. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, our firm can help you fight for your rights!

    14 years

  2. Divorce and separation

    14 years

  3. Wills and living wills
    Wills, Estates, Probate

    14 years

Building great relationships with clients is the cornerstone to Melinda Previtera’s successful practice as a divorce attorney. Her passion and experience allow her to tackle the most complicated cases with the confidence and knowledge needed to obtain the best outcomes for her clients. A partner of Petrelli Previtera, Melinda acts as a mentor for the firm’s associates.

In addition to divorce, Melinda represents clients in all areas of family law, including child support, custody, legal separation, and domestic violence law.

To Melinda, offering top-notch experience, education and above-and-beyond legal work is just the beginning. “We know the right people; we know the key players, the judges, adversaries, opposing counsel,” she explains in this video. “We know how to speak the language and get you the best results.”

While earning her law degree from Rutgers School of Law, Melinda received a certification in mediation. She also conducted research in child advocacy rights and completed a domestic violence clinic. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from Dickinson College.

Melinda is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to moving to private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James P. Savio in the family division. After working at Petrelli Law as an associate, Melinda joined the firm as a partner in 2017.

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Posted by Kimberly | June 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond my Exceptations
Melinda went above and beyond my exceptions in assisting me with my legal needs. I had an emergent, sensitive legal issue and Melinda was attentive, responsive, and informative. I was impressed with her professionalism and knowledge. Not only did she resolve my legal issues, but she gave me confidenince moving forward. I highly recommend Melinda.
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Posted by Lorna | May 4, 2015
Amazing Service!
I recently changed lawyers due to his pure laziness, and insensitivity. I have been working with Melinda for several months. She is amazing! She is very quick with responding to my questions, and concerns. She fights for what you want and puts forth her best efforts. Thank you Melinda for all you help and service!
Posted by Melissa | April 1, 2015
Great Attorney!
Melinda represented me a few years ago in a custody matter. I was extremely upset and emotional and needed direction. From my initial consultation, I knew she was the right attorney for me. Not only did she know the law and court procedure, which eased my worry, but she was also sensitive and supportive. Melinda successfully negotiated a custody schedule, which was exactly what I requested. Even when we had to go in front of the Judge on a contempt issue, Melinda would not back down. I felt so confident with her as my attorney. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Haley | September 16, 2014
Complete and fluid knowledge of family law
I was extremely happy with Melinda's representation. She always made me feel confident and optimistic, while at the same time staying grounded in realistic expectations. Melinda kept me updated on every move and correspondence that she made, and I always knew I was in very capable hands. I trusted her strategic choices implicitly, and this was reflected in the favorable outcome of my divorce.
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Posted by Miller | August 5, 2014
Highly Recommended
I had the pleasure of having Melinda in my corner during a very difficult life changing event. Not only was she sympathetic and understanding, but she was a force to be reckoned with inside the courtroom. She is extremely confident in her overall demeanor in which she presents herself, and most importantly, she is ethical. Melinda, is an exceptional attorney and I feel blessed to have had her on my side.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Petrelli Previtera, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Petrelli Law, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sacks, Weston, Petrelli, Diamond and Millstein
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Nicholas A. Clemente, PC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Superior Court of New Jersey
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Dickinson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Bifurcation of Divorce
  • Bifurcation Granted


  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010 - Present
  • Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court
  • Inn of Court Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Section Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star Super Lawyers
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer
  • 2018
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Women of Outstanding Leadership Award
  • The International Women's Leadership Association
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly
  • The Legal Status of Same-Sex Couples in PA After the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the DOMA Case Editorial Response
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly
  • The Rise of Dr. No Editorial Response
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • EKNA Monthly Meeting
  • Family Law 101
  • 2014
  • People's Law School
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Melinda
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Melinda for your family law matters. She is a knowledgeable, capable and strong advocate for any family law case. She will exceed your expectations and deliver quality results."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mindy is an excellent attorney. Her family law practice is benefited by her dedication, passion, and intelligence. Mindy possesses a unique mixture of aggressiveness and charm which make for a formidable opponent. I am 100% confident in recommending Mindy and have done so in the past."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melinda is a highly-skilled attorney with extensive experience in family law matters. Her thorough knowledge of the law and refined oral advocacy abilities set her apart from other attorneys in her specialty. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent advocate for her clients and is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Melinda is very knowledgeable in family law and cares about her clients. She's also a great colleague and a pleasure to work with. I'd recommend her to anyone seeking a skilled, communicative attorney. Keep up the good work!"
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Outstanding attorney, highly recommended."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melinda is a smart, well prepared and passionate lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melinda is a hard-working smart family law attorney who works diligently for her clients. I have worked with her as opposing counsel where I knew her to be fair and reasonable. If I needed to recommend counsel, I would certainly recommend Melinda."
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