Jeffrey W. Melcher Partner




Jeff Melcher is the regional managing partner of the firm's Southeast Region, encompassing the Atlanta and Nashville offices. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and insurance defense litigation. He acts as regional defense and coverage counsel for numerous major liability, casualty defense, and D&O and E&O carriers.

Jeff has broad-based litigation experience successfully litigating defense and coverage actions throughout the Southeast and nationwide. Jeff’s major, varied experience includes representing clients across the medical and allied health care fields, defending trucking and transportation claims, insurance and bad faith claims, toxic tort and product liability matters, as well as the full gamut of real estate litigation. Jeff also successfully handled numerous business disputes and comprehensive general liability, premises defense and casualty defense claims of all kinds.

Jeff also has substantial professional malpractice defense experience, including claims against physicians, nurses and other medical providers; hospitals and other treatment centers; and attorneys, accountants, architects and surveyors.

Critical in this day, Jeff also has decades of experience in employment law litigation. He has successfully defended employers in a wide range of employment claims, restrictive covenant litigation and employment contract litigation. In addition, Jeff has a wealth of appellate experience and has achieved numerous successes in this area.

Representative Matters

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.