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Melissa A. Federico Murtha Cullina LLP Associate

Associate

Hartford
Email: mfederico@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6042
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Stonehill College (B.A.)

Melissa A. Federico


Melissa Federico is a trial attorney practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage and recovery.  She has litigated and advised clients in complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, unfair trade practice claims, violations of the Lanham Act, shareholder disputes, and other various business tort cases.  She counsels policyholders to obtain insurance coverage under a wide array of insurance products including general liability, D&O, excess and umbrella and reinsurance. She has also counseled corporate risk managers regarding their insurance portfolios.  She has tried cases in both federal and state courts, and has represented clients in arbitration and mediation.  She is also a member of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group.

Representative matters include:

  • won a bench trial awarding insurance coverage to a Roman Catholic diocese for settlements of negligent supervision claims involving sexual abuse by clergy.  Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. v. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. 199 F. Supp. 3d 559 (D. Conn. 2016).
  • won arbitration judgment in favor of former franchisee on grounds that the franchise agreement was unenforceable due to the claimant's prior material breaches, obtaining fees and costs for the arbitration as well as reimbursement of attorneys fees for defending related injunction.
  • blocked preliminary injunction in federal court case in which plaintiff alleged breach of restrictive covenants, violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and violations of the federal Lanham Act.
  • successfully negotiated full indemnification funding from reinsurer on behalf of hospital's captive excess insurer.
  • counseled bankruptcy trustee to obtain insurance coverage in suit against officers of debtor corporation.
  • counseled bankruptcy trustee of pharmaceutical company to obtain maximum insurance coverage for creditor claims.
  • represented municipalities to obtain insurance recovery under various property and casualty policies.
  • counseled environmental client regarding insurance coverage for contaminated site remediation and demolition.   

In 2014, Melissa was selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of Connecticut’s “New Leaders in the Law.”  The award honors lawyers under the age of 40 who have excelled in the courtroom, in client service and cultivation, in service to bar associations and in performing pro bono work or community service in a volunteer capacity.

Melissa has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star in Insurance Coverage, 2013-2016.

Melissa is also a volunteer attorney for Lawyers for Children America, a child advocacy organization protecting the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2017 - present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • The Risk Management Society (RIMS), CT Valley Chapter

 

  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2014 New Leader in the Law
  • Listed as Connecticut Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the area of Insurance Coverage in 2013 - 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Feinstein Institute for Legal Service Public Service Award
  • Clerk for the Honorable Judith C. Savage, Providence Superior Court
  • Lawyers for Children America
Overview

Melissa Federico is a trial attorney practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage and recovery.  She has litigated and advised clients in complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, unfair trade practice claims, violations of the Lanham Act, shareholder disputes, and other various business tort cases.  She counsels policyholders to obtain insurance coverage under a wide array of insurance products including general liability, D&O, excess and umbrella and reinsurance. She has also counseled corporate risk managers regarding their insurance portfolios.  She has tried cases in both federal and state courts, and has represented clients in arbitration and mediation.  She is also a member of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group.

Representative matters include:

  • won a bench trial awarding insurance coverage to a Roman Catholic diocese for settlements of negligent supervision claims involving sexual abuse by clergy.  Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. v. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. 199 F. Supp. 3d 559 (D. Conn. 2016).
  • won arbitration judgment in favor of former franchisee on grounds that the franchise agreement was unenforceable due to the claimant's prior material breaches, obtaining fees and costs for the arbitration as well as reimbursement of attorneys fees for defending related injunction.
  • blocked preliminary injunction in federal court case in which plaintiff alleged breach of restrictive covenants, violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and violations of the federal Lanham Act.
  • successfully negotiated full indemnification funding from reinsurer on behalf of hospital's captive excess insurer.
  • counseled bankruptcy trustee to obtain insurance coverage in suit against officers of debtor corporation.
  • counseled bankruptcy trustee of pharmaceutical company to obtain maximum insurance coverage for creditor claims.
  • represented municipalities to obtain insurance recovery under various property and casualty policies.
  • counseled environmental client regarding insurance coverage for contaminated site remediation and demolition.   

In 2014, Melissa was selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of Connecticut’s “New Leaders in the Law.”  The award honors lawyers under the age of 40 who have excelled in the courtroom, in client service and cultivation, in service to bar associations and in performing pro bono work or community service in a volunteer capacity.

Melissa has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star in Insurance Coverage, 2013-2016.

Melissa is also a volunteer attorney for Lawyers for Children America, a child advocacy organization protecting the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

Memberships
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2017 - present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • The Risk Management Society (RIMS), CT Valley Chapter

 

Recognition
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2014 New Leader in the Law
  • Listed as Connecticut Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the area of Insurance Coverage in 2013 - 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Feinstein Institute for Legal Service Public Service Award
Prior Experience
  • Clerk for the Honorable Judith C. Savage, Providence Superior Court
Community Activities
  • Lawyers for Children America
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Stonehill College (B.A.)
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