Jeff Melcher has over 30 years of experience in commercial and insurance defense litigation. He acts as regional defense and coverage counsel for numerous liability, casualty defense, and D&O and E&O carriers. He has successfully litigated defense and coverage actions nationwide. Jeff's experience includes representing clients in the medical and allied health care fields, trucking and transportation fields, insurance and bad faith claims, toxic tort and product liability matters as well as a full array of real estate litigation. He has successfully handled numerous business disputes and comprehensive general liability, premises liability, and casualty defense claims of all kinds.
Jeff also has substantial experience with professional malpractice defense including claims against physicians, nurses, and other medical providers; hospitals and other treatment centers; and attorneys, accountants, architects, and surveyors.
Jeff also regularly defends employers and self-insureds in workers' compensation defense matters and has successfully defended employers in a wide variety of employment law litigation such as employment claims, restrictive covenant litigation and employment contract litigation. He also has appellate experience.
Jeff is located in the firm's Atlanta office.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of plaintiff manufacturer in multimillion-dollar federal suit for property damages, business interruption and lost profits.
Successfully defended and resolved a half-billion-dollar D&O action against nationally renowned architectural firm, with zero personal contribution.
Obtained a dismissal of D&O action against officer of national restaurant chain.
Obtained summary judgment in major commercial licensing dispute.
Obtained summary judgment and attorney fees against major TV personality in defense of a bad faith/fraud claim.
Obtained numerous dismissals in transportation, employment, premises and medical negligence cases.
Obtained summary judgment in a D&O action against the U.S. officers of a major international residential/commercial product supply company.
Recent seven-figure trial verdict against a Southeastern U.S. state in commercial collection/business tort dispute.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Supreme Court
Atlanta Bar Association
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Atlanta Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program
Professional Legal Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Wake Forest University School of Law
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
2021 Elite Lawyer of the South