Jeffrey W. Melcher Partner




Jeff Melcher, the regional managing partner of Wilson Elser’s Atlanta office, concentrates his practice in commercial and insurance litigation, and acts as regional defense and coverage counsel for several major D&O and E&O carriers. Jeff has more than 25 years of broad-based litigation experience, successfully litigating defense and coverage actions across the Southeast and nationwide. He also represents clients in the medical and allied health care fields, trucking and transportation clients, and is well versed in all aspects of commercial litigation, as well as insurance coverage/bad faith, business disputes, general liability, professional malpractice claims against lawyers, accountants and others, real estate, premises and casualty, and appellate and domestic litigation.

Jeff also has experience in environmental, toxic tort and product liability matters, and an extensive background in employment law litigation. He has successfully defended employers in a wide range of employment claims, restrictive covenant litigation and employment contract litigation.

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 a 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.