Cozen O’Connor: Melusky, Michael

Michael Melusky

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-7248

(215) 665-2013

Recent Publication:

The Pitfalls of Transferring Assets Into Trust Prior to Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

Transferring assets into trust for the benefit of children or others is a common estate planning tool. The party making the transfer into a trust gives up any right to control the property or its distribution.  This also has the effect of removing the property from the marital estate and can...

Michael Melusky is an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department. He has experience in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, personal injury claims, property damage claims, and white collar investigations. Michael was selected to serve as an assistant district attorney as part of Cozen O'Connor's secondment program with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. From 2016 to 2017, he handled hundreds of criminal trials and preliminary hearings in the Philadelphia Municipal Court. He has worked with attorneys in cities all over the country and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael graduated from Villanova University School of Law, summa cum laude, and Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  Michael was honored with a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and participated in Villanova Law Review.

Publications

The Pitfalls of Transferring Assets Into Trust Prior to Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

April 26, 2019

Transferring assets into trust for the benefit of children or others is a common estate planning tool. The party making the transfer into a trust gives up any right to control the property or its distribution.  This also has the effect of removing the property from the marital estate and can...

Maryland Addresses Spoliation of the Physical Evidence of the Case [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 15, 2016

In a recent decision, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland considered an issue of first impression regarding the doctrine of spoliation. Maryland appellate courts had “not established how to apply the spoliation doctrine in the context of a situation” “where the physical object . . . that was...

Maryland's Riot Act: Subrogation Potential for Property Damages Occurring During Riots [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

August 24, 2015

On April 27, 2015 protests in Baltimore, Maryland regarding the death of Freddie Gray escalated into violent riots. These riots resulted in extensive and significant property damage throughout the city. Often, such damages are covered by insurance companies that insure the affected properties. In...

EMV Credit Cards Are Coming, But Consumers Must Stay Vigilant [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

March 13, 2015

Major credit card companies, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, have announced plans to switch to EMV cards in the United States over the course of 2015. Nearly eighty other countries around the world have already made the switch to EMV credit cards (also known as “chip and...

Will the Supreme Court Take a Stand on Standing in BP Case? [The Legal Intelligencer]

September 18, 2014

It is axiomatic that to certify a class, plaintiffs must show all members satisfy Article III standing and Rule 23 requirements. While federal courts "do not require each member of a class to submit evidence of personal standing, a class cannot be certified if it contains members who lack standing" to pursue the claim(s) asserted, according to Halvorson v. Auto Owners Insurance, 718 F.2d 773 (8th Cir. 2013).

Third Circuit Clarifies False Claims Act Pleading Requirements [The Legal Intelligencer]

August 27, 2014

There is a split among the circuits regarding what a whistleblower must plead to survive a motion to dismiss in False Claims Act (FCA) cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has now spoken for the first time on the issue. In June, the Third Circuit decided Foglia v. Renal Ventures Management, 754 F.3d 153 (3d Cir. 2014). In its decision, the Third Circuit reversed a district court order granting a motion to dismiss for insufficient detail in the pleadings. In so ruling, the Third Circuit sided with those circuits adopting the less demanding of the competing FCA pleading standards.

Deep Freeze: Evaluating Subrogation Claims Arising from the January 2014 Freeze in the Midwest and Eastern United States [Claims Magazine]

May 19, 2014

Stephen Halbeisen, Mark Utke and Michael Melusky discussed the various possibilities that could have come from the subzero temperatures during the January Freeze and the results that come from such extreme temperatures.

Deep Freeze: Evaluating Subrogation Claims Arising From The January 2014 Freeze In The Midwest And Eastern United States

January 23, 2014

January 5-7, 2014, a wide swath of subzero temperatures impacted much of the United States, from Montana eastward to New York, and southward to parts of Oklahoma and northern Alabama. Several major cities recorded their lowest temperatures in more than 20 years.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Practice Areas

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2013
  • Susquehanna University, B.A., 2010
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania