Melinda M. PhelpsPartner
Melinda Phelps is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, the coordinator of the firm’s Government Strategies Practice Group, chair of the Pro Bono Department and a member of the Litigation/ADR Department, Professional Malpractice Practice Group, and the Schools, Colleges and Universities Practice Group.
Melinda’s local, state and federal government strategies work includes a wide range of policy and administrative issues involving the need for new or amended legislation or regulations, as well as matters involving compliance with existing rules. She also assists clients in obtaining permits and economic development incentives. Melinda’s extensive experience in civil litigation includes the defense of medical malpractice claims and the resolution of business-related disputes through advice, litigation or alternative dispute resolution. She also represents clients before the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Professional Licensure. In addition, she is the National Association of College and University Attorneys primary attorney representative of Mount Holyoke College
A longtime resident of Springfield, Melinda has served as a Springfield police commissioner, Springfield Technical Community College Foundation board member, Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Springfield past president and Western Massachusetts Electric Company board member. She has worked in and chaired several successful state and federal election campaigns. Melinda was named the Best Lawyers®’ 2012 Springfield, Massachusetts Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants) Lawyer of the Year. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2008 in the areas of medical malpractice law (defendants) and personal injury litigation (defendants).
Melinda is currently a board member of DevelopSpringfield, member of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys, trustee of Springfield Museums, board member Spirit of Springfield, and a member of the WGBY Board of Tribunes. She is a fellow of MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, an organization dedicated to revitalizing former manufacturing centers in Massachusetts. Melinda also served as chair of the United Way of Pioneer Valley’s 2011 fundraising campaign.
Related Professional Experience
Melinda has served as a city prosecutor and community development counsel for the city of Springfield.
Successfully tried 40 cases to a verdict.
Argued Appeals Court and SJC cases.
Represents clients before the Springfield City Council regarding special permits, zoning appeals, and other regulatory permitting.
Collaborated with state and city officials on economic tax incentives for local businesses in western Massachusetts.