Melinda C. Ghilardi

Melinda C. Ghilardi

Melinda C. Ghilardi

Melinda Ghilardi is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Munley Law, Melinda worked as a First Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for nearly three decades. Melinda began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County.

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas
District of Columbia


The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Juris Doctor
The University of Scranton, Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, magna cum laude

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association:
    • Board of Governors
      • Woman Governor 2012 – 2015
      • Unit County Governor 2019 – present
    • Bar Leadership Institute
      • Co-Chair 2016-2019
    • Commission on Women in the Profession
      • Secretary 2003 – 2004
      • Executive Council 2006 – present
      • Co-Chair 2010 – 2012
    • House of Delegates, Zone Five
    • Committee on Credentials and Admission
    • Review and Certifying Board
    • Federal Practice Committee
    • Diversity Team 2012 – 2017
    • Finance Committee 2012 – 2015
    • Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee 2012 – 2015
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
    • President, 2004
  • Lackawanna Bar Foundation, Vice President
  • Association of Women Lawyers of Lackawanna County, Treasurer
  • National Association of Federal Defenders, Secretary
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania


Women’s Resource Center of Scranton, Barbara J. Hart Justice Center Legal Committee
Geisinger Northeast Advisory Council, Co-Chair
Geisinger Women’s Health Volunteer Leadership Council, Co-Chair
Geisinger Community Medical Center Patient Safety Committee
University of Scranton Panuska College of Professional Studies Board of Visitors
University of Scranton Counseling and Human Services Advisory Committee
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors 2013-2019
Pennsylvania Business and Professional Women’s Club
Circle 200 Forum for Senior Level Executive Women, Board of Directors

Honors and Awards

Lackawanna Pro Bono, Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award, 2016
Athena Award, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, 2005
Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, Lynette Norton Award, 2004
Scranton-Pocono Council, Girl Scouts of America, Woman of Distinction, 2000
University of Scranton, Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Award, 2000

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “State of Women in the Law in Pennsylvania: Lessons from Two Pennsylvania Initiatives to Track  Advance Women Leaders and Lawyers,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2016.

Course Planner, “Best Sentencing Practices in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Association, Federal Practice Committee, October 2016.

Participant, “Sentencing Strategy Session for Federal Public and Community Defenders (Restorative Justice, Challenging Relevant Conduct, Mental Health, Brainstorming Immigration Cases, Crimes of Violence/Violent Felonies, Consequences of Race, Ethnicity and Wealth Inequality, The Future of Sentencing),” Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Defender Service Office, Training Branch, September 2016

Course Planner, “Federal Criminal Defense Training (Ethics, The Ins & Outs of Social Media Records, Sentencing Guidelines Update, Case Budgeting and Excess Compensation Cases, E-Voucher 101, Third Circuit Update & Practice Tips, Update on Johnson Litigation),” Federal Public Defender’s Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania, March 2016

Presenter, “Impact and Preview of the Supreme Court of the United States on Federal Practice,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Summer Meeting, August 2015


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