Melissa M. Boyd


Contact

High Swartz LLP

Locations

Office:
40 E. Airy Street P.O. Box 671
Norristown PA, 19401
Phone: (610) 275-0700
Fax: (610) 275-5290

Introduction

Ms. Boyd is a family law practitioner with extensive experience in the courtroom, but she also prides herself in seeking creative and satisfying solutions for her clients outside of the courtroom. As such, she understands the balance between knowing the landscape of Pennsylvania law and the unique issues each client is facing. From proactive prenuptial agreement planning, to handling separation and divorce while focusing on the best interest of the children in custody situations, Ms. Boyd has experience to match each one of her client's particular situations.

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

Map

Counties

  • Bucks, Pennsylvania
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Delaware, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Legal Organizations

Montgomery Bar Association 

  • Board of Directors 2012 - 2014
    • Executive Committee,  2012,  2013, 2014, 2015
  • Family Law Section:
    • Chair, 2015
    • Vice-Chair, 2014
    • Secretary, 2013
    • Treasurer, 2012
    • Member, Practicum Committee, 2004 – 2005
    • Custody Committee, Chair, 2006, 2011
    • Equitable Distribution/Alimony Committee, Chair,  2009
    • Montgomery Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013-present
  • Judiciary Committee, Member, 2016-2018
  • Women in Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2011
  • Children and Youth Committee, Member, 2004-present
  • Member, Nominating Committee, 2015, 2016
  • Law Reporter Committee, Member, 2011-2013; Secretary 2011;  Treasurer  2012;  Chair  2013
  • Diversity Committee, Member, 2004-present
  • Community Outreach Committee; Member, Vice-Chair 2012 - present
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Member, 2016-present
  • Leadership Academy, Member, 2014 - 2015
  • MBA President's Award Recipient, 2014
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2014-present Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Family Law Section, Member, 2001-present
    • Council Member, 2007 – 2010, 2011 - 2014
    • Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2014 - present
    • Custody Local Rules Committee, Chair, 2011
    • Program Committee, Member, 2009 - 2012
    • Executive Committee, 2013 - 2014
  • Women in the Profession, Member, 2010-present
  • Membership Development Committee, Member,  2018

Awards

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2014-present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award, 2018
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Committee of the Year, Community Outreach Committee, 2016
  • Montgomery Bar Association President’s Award, 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© , Family Law, 2016-2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© , Family Law Arbitration, 2018
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars, 2008, 2010 – 2014
  • Ten Leaders, Matrimonial & Divorce Law, Greater Philadelphia, Age 45 and Under, 2010-present
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law, Member, 2004-2017
  • Recipient, Frederick Cohen Award of Excellence, 2009, 2011, 2015
  • 2011 Pennsylvania’s Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer
 

CLE Presentations

Presenter, PBI: Child Custody: Practice Ready Skills Training, 2017

Presenter, PBA FLS: The Secret of Support Remedies, 2017

Presenter, PBI: The Second Season, Issues for Divorce Over Fifty, 2012, 2015

Presenter, PBI: Hot Tips in Family Law, 2015

Program Moderator, PBI: Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases

Presenter/Moderator, PBA FLS Summer Meeting, Small Business Valuation Workshop, 2014

Course Planner/Presenter Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)-Pennsylvania’s Custody Act 112 – 2 ½ Years Later And Still Evolving, 2013

Presenter/Author MBA Family Law Practicum, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013

Presenter/Author MBA Joint Family Law/Elder Law Seminar, 2006, 2011

Presenter/Author PBI Family Law Institute, 2006, 2007, 2012

Presenter/Author PBI Family of Laws for Family Lawyers, 2012, 2014

Presenter PBI Family Law in the Internet Age, 2012

Presenter/Author PBI Slicing Up the Pie: Property Division in Pennsylvania, 2010, 2012

Presenter PBI Divorce Over 50, 2012

Presenter PBI Drafting Marital Settlements, 2009

Presenter Execusense Webinar: What Family Lawyers Need to Know About Using Facebook as an Effective Tool for Online Evidence, 2010

Presenter PBI Pennsylvania’s New Custody Statute, 2011

Presenter PBI Family Lawyer’s Divorce Tool Kit, 2011

Miscellaneous presentations made at the Montgomery Bar Association and Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court

 

Author

“An Order Denying Contempt Is Not Immediately Appealable Unless Relief Is Denied Under An Earlier Final Order” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, September 2013 “Court Authorized To Appoint Counsel Or Guardian Ad Litem In Termination Proceedings” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, December 2012 “Equal Amenities at Both Parents’ Houses Not the Standard for Child Support in High Income Cases in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, March 2009 “Civility in the Profession” Philadelphia Business Journal, February 2012 “Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right For Your Business?” Philadelphia Business Journal, March 2009 When Are Gifts Treated As Income? Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar, Summer 2004 Of the People, By the People, For the People: A Unique Countywide Arts Initiative & Courthouse Improvement Project, Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar, April 2013 Other Miscellaneous Articles for Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar, 2004 to present Contributing Author to PBI Press Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution, 2010, 2012, 2015 – In Pennsylvania, Chapter 9: Effectuating Distribution of Award/Agreement

AAML Chapter

Certified Family Law Arbitrator 2013 to present Pennsylvania Chapter

Board of Examiners, Term expires January 2020

Board of Governors, Terms Expires January 2019