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Melissa M. Boyd

Partner

Phone: 610-275-0700

Fax: 610-275-5290

Email: mboyd@highswartz.com

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Melissa Boyd concentrates her practice on family law.  She advocates in various areas including, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.

She is a frequent presenter on family law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association.

Ms. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association. She is presently Chair of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association.

She has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named as one of Ten Leaders of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Boyd has been certified as a Family Law Arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001

  • New Jersey, 2002

  • Maryland, 1999

  • U.S. District Court, Maryland, 2000

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1999

  • Washington College, B.A. cum laude, 1996

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2014

  • Montgomery Bar Association 

    • Board of Directors 2012 – 2015
      • Executive Committee,  2012,  2013, 2014
    • Family Law Section:
      • Chair, 2015
      • Vice-Chair, 2014
      • Secretary, 2013
      • Treasurer, 2012
      • Member, Practicum Committee, 2004 – 2005
      • Chair,  Custody Committee, 2006, 2011
      • Chair,  Equitable Distribution/Alimony Committee, 2009
    • Member, Judiciary Committee, term expires January 2017
    • Member, Nominating Committee, 2015, 2016
    • Member, Women in Law Committee; Co-Chair 2011
    • Member, Children and Youth Committee
    • Member, Law Reporter Committee, 2011-2013; Secretary 2011;  Treasurer  2012;  Chair  2013
    • Member, Diversity Committee
    • Member, Community Outreach Committee; Vice-Chair 2012 – present
    • Member, Long Range Planning Committee, term expires January 2016
    • Member, Leadership Academy, 2014 – 2015
    • Recipient, MBA President’s Award, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

    • Family Law Section
      • Council Member, 2007 – 2010, 2011 – 2014
      • Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2014 – present
      • Chair, Custody Local Rules Committee, 2011
      • Member, Program Committee, 2009 – 2012
      • Member, Executive Committee, 2013 – 2014
    • Women in the Profession, Member
  • Member, Bucks County Bar Association

  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association

  • Member, Baltimore City Bar Association

  • Member, Maryland Bar Association

  • Member, Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court for Family Law

  • Recipient, Frederick Cohen Award of Excellence, 2009, 2011, 2015

  • Ten LeadersMatrimonial & Divorce Law, Greater Philadelphia, Age 45 and Under

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the field of Family Law

  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2015-2016

  • Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars, 2007, 2010 – 2014

  • 2011 Pennsylvania’s Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer

Civic & Community Activities

  • Legal Aid of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Volunteer Attorney, 2008 – present

  • Montgomery Bar Association, Law and Liberty Civics Program, Educator to 6th grade students, 2011 – present

  • Montgomery County Commission on Women & Families, 2016-2020

  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project:

    • Board of Directors, 2015 – 2017
    • Volunteer Attorney, 2011 – present
  • Montgomery Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013 – present

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, A Family of Laws for Family Lawyers, June 2016

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The Second Season, Issues in Divorce Over 50, November 2015

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 20 Hot Tips in Family Law, May 2015

  • Presenter, PBI’s Family Law Institute, Valuation of a Small Business on a Tight Budget / Valuing Small Business in Divorce, April 2015

  • Program Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases, October 2014

  • Program Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Valuation of Small Businesses in Divorce Matters, July 2014

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, A Family of Laws for the Family Lawyer, June 2014

  • Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania’s Custody Statute: Over Two Years Later and Still Evolving, August 2013

  • Presenter, Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section, Toby Lynn Dickman Seminar, December 2012

  • Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, A Family of Laws for Family Lawyers, May 2012

  • Presenter, PBI’s Family Law Institute, April 2012

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania’s New Custody Statute, January 2011

  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Extra! Extra! Pennsylvania’s New Custody Statute Enacted!, January 2011

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

  • Contributing Author to Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press, Slicing Up the Pie;  Property Distribution in Pennsylvania, Chapter 9:  Effectuating Distribution of Award/Agreement, 2010, 2012, 2016

  • Court Authorized to appoint Counsel Or Guardian Ad Litemin 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

  • The Value of Civility in the Legal 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?, Sidebar Newsletter, 2004