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Melissa M. Boyd: Family Law Attorney

Attorney Melissa Boyd Practices Family Law in Bucks & Montgomery Counties and has devoted herself to preserving the rights of children and their families.

Family Law Attorney

Phone: 610-275-0700

Fax: 610-275-5290

Email: mboyd@highswartz.com

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Melissa M. Boyd, a partner and family law attorney with High Swartz, advocates in various areas including, but not limited to, divorce, prenuptual (pre-nups) and postnuptual (after divorce) agreements, child custody and child 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.

Mrs. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and she serves on the board of governors for the Pennsylvania Chapter. She also is a member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association. She previously served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association.

A graduate of Washington College and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Ms. Boyd has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for over 8 years, has been a named a Best Lawyer in America since 2016 and has been named among the TEN LEADERS of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia.

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

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2014 to present

    • Certified Family Law Arbitrator 2013 to present
    • Pennsylvania Chapter
      • Board of Examiners, Term expires January 2020
      • Board of Governors, Terms Expires January 2019
  • Montgomery County Bar Association (MBA) Member, February 2004 to present

    • Board of Directors (3 Year Term) 2012-2014
      • Member, Executive Committee 2012-2015
    • Law Reporter Committee (3 Year Term) (Chair in 2013) 2011-2013
    • Judiciary Committee (3 Year Term) 2014-2018
    • Leadership Academy 2014-2015
    • Long Range Planning Committee (3 Year Term) 2014-2018
    • Family Law Section of MBA
      • Chair 2015
      • Vice Chair 2014
      • Secretary 2013
      • Treasurer 2012
      • Chair of Equitable Distribution/Alimony Committee 2009
      • Chair of the Custody Committee 2006, 2011
    • Women in Law Committee
      • Co-Chair 2011
    • Community Outreach Committee, Co-Chair 2012-present
    • Child Advocacy Committee
    • Nominating Committee 2015, 2016
    • Awards Committee, Chair 2017
    • Diversity Committee
    • Law and Liberty Civics Program, Educator to 6th Grade Students (Norristown) 2011-present
    • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project
      • Board of Directors 2015-present
      • Volunteer Attorney 2011-present
    • Legal Aid of Montgomery County, PA,
    • Volunteer Attorney 2008-present
    • Montgomery Bar Foundation, Fellow 2013-present
    • Member Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court 2004 to 2016
    • Member, New Jersey Bar Association November 2002 to present
    • Member, Baltimore City Bar Association February 2000-August 2001
    • Associate Member, Philadelphia County Bar Association 2001 to presentAssociate Member, Bucks County Bar Association 2016 to 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
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Associate Member, 2016-present

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Associate Member, 2016-present

  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member, 2002-present

  • Baltimore City Bar Association, Member, 1996-1999

  • Maryland Bar Association, Member, 1999-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 LeadersMatrimonial & 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

Civic & Community Activities

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

  • Montgomery Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013 – present

  • AAML Foundation, Fellow,  2016 – present

  • AAML Pennsylvania Chapter, Board of Governors, 2017-present

  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project:

    • Board of Directors, 2015 – present
    • Volunteer Attorney, 2011 – present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Law and Liberty Civics Program, Educator to 6th grade students in Norristown, PA, 2011 – present

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

  • ACLAMO, Faces of Hope Fundraiser, Table Captain, 2013

  • Advocates for Child & Youth – Baltimore, MD, Volunteer, September 1997 – May 1998

  • Psycho-Oncology Department, Georgetown University Hospital – Cheryl M. Ruane Memorial Golf Tournament, Fundraiser, 1992-1996

  • University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest, President and Auction Chair, May 1998-May 1999

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator, Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families Annual Awareness Event: “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women” October 2018

  • Presenter PBI: The Lawyers’ Guide to Appraisals and Appraisers, August 2018

  • Presenter PBA FLS: The Evolution of Family Law: Past, Present and Future, July 2018

  • Presenter MBA FLS: Avoiding Pitfalls of QDROs and the Valuation and Division of
    Retirement Benefits, June 2018

  • Presenter PBI: Child Custody: Practice Ready Skills Training, February 2017, October 2017

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

  • 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 2012, 2015

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

  • Program Moderator PBI: Intersection of Legal and Mental Health Issues in Custody Cases, October 2014

  • Presenter/Author, 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/Author, Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section, Toby Lynn Dickman Practicum, December 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2018

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

  • 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

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

  • Presenter, PBI’s Family Law Institute, April 2006, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018

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

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

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

  • Contributing Author to Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press, Slicing Up the Pie;  Property Distribution in Pennsylvania, Chapter 9:  Effectuating Distribution of Award/Agreement, 2010, 2012, 2015-2017

  • Court Authorized to appoint Counsel Or Guardian Ad Litemin in Termination Proceedings, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, December 2012

  • The Value of Civility in the Legal Profession, Philadelphia Business Journal, February 2012

  • Presenter, PBI Family Lawyer’s Divorce Tool Kit, October 2011

  • Equal Amenities at Both Parents’ Houses Not The Standard for Child Support in High Income Cases in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, March 2009

  • Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right For Your Business?, Philadelphia Business Journal, March 2009

  • When are Gifts Treated as Income?, Sidebar Newsletter, 2004

  • Presenter/Author, PBI Family Law Section Winter/Summer Meeting, ongoing

  • Routine Presenter, Team Leader, Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, February 2004 to present

Articles & Other Authorship Opportunities

  • “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