MELISSA BUTERBAUGH litigates complex matters and represents clients in multiple areas of the law. By way of example, she has substantial experience litigating insurance defense, product liability, and medical malpractice cases. Included in her state and federal practice and Court appearances, Ms. Buterbaugh has drafted and argued several summary judgment and other substantive motions. She has participated in multiple wide-ranging conferences and hearings including “Ferreira” conferences (Court hearings regarding sufficiency of plaintiff’s Affidavits of Merit, served when a professional is sued), “Friendly” hearings (Court evaluations to approve proposed settlements involving plaintiff minors), and numerous status and case management conferences. Ms. Buterbaugh was actively involved in a federal multidistrict litigation involving over 700 plaintiffs. She has attended over 170 depositions, acting as lead examiner in over 20 additional depositions. Another career highlight is her ability to manage expert report preparation.
In 2014, Ms. Buterbaugh graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Camden, where she was involved in both the Federalist Society and Rutgers Intellectual Property Law Association. During summers while a law student, Ms. Buterbaugh interned in the New Jersey District Court, learning about federal magistrate practice. She also gained plaintiff’s personal injury experience as a law clerk in Washington, D.C. Ms. Buterbaugh also served as a Legal Extern for Rutgers’ Office of Technology Commercialization, where she evaluated biotechnology for patentability, including researching prior art and the invention’s potential commercial value, assessed and collaborated with outside counsel on a licensing agreement between an independent contractor and Rutgers ceding copyright to software and source code, and drafted end-user license agreement for software.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Buterbaugh worked as an editor for the publishing company Marquis Who’s Who. Ms. Buterbaugh graduated from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; her academic focus areas included Neurobiology, Archaeology and Communications.