Melanie Conroy focuses her practice on class action defense and complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients in connection with internal, government, and regulatory investigations, and has counseled boards of directors, board committees, and senior management on a broad range of matters, including securities, corporate governance, disclosure, data privacy, and regulatory issues.

Melanie represents businesses and organizations across a wide range of industries, including life sciences, financial services, insurance, private equity, real estate, energy, media, consumer electronics, and retail apparel. Melanie regularly appears in state and federal trial courts, and is experienced in private arbitration and mediation.

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Melanie was a senior associate in the Securities Litigation Practice Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Melanie writes frequently on topics including class action litigation, data privacy matters, and securities laws.

Professional Activities

  • Boston Bar Association, member, Multidistrict Litigation and Class Actions Section
  • Boston Bar Foundation, Junior Fellow
  • American Bar Association, member, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, Securities Litigation Committee
  • Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts, member
  • Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of Boston, member

Publications

  • Co-author, Massachusetts Data Privacy Bill Poses Potential Class Action Risks, Law360 (2019)
  • Co-author, What to Know About Rule 23’s Potential Revamp, Law360 (2017)
  • Contributor,  Defending Clients in Insider Trading Investigations and Enforcement Actions, Defending Corporations and Individuals in Government Investigations ch. 13 (Daniel J. Fetterman & Mark P. Goodman eds., 2012-2013 and 2014-2015)
  • Co-author, Applying Securities Laws to Social Media Communications, Corporate & Securities Advisor and Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation (2013)

Civic Activities

  • Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, board member
  • Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, volunteer attorney, 2017 Pro Bono Mentor Award recipient
  • International Refugee Assistance Project, volunteer attorney
  • Open Boston Logan Airport Volunteer Attorneys, Leadership Committee
  • Friends of the Newton Free Library, member
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Social Justice and Peace Committee

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of securities class action against a clothing retailer and its senior officers and directors, and successfully defended Second Circuit appeal.
  • Secured dismissal of securities class action against multinational pharmaceutical company and its former CEO concerning diabetes drug sales.
  • Represented real estate investment trust and its former directors and officers in nationwide multidistrict class action litigation related to a $22 billion merger and in multiple arbitrations involving breach of contract claims arising out of the merger.
  • Obtained dismissal of securities class action against consumer electronics company and its officers concerning the performance of the company's premium audio segment.
  • Achieved dismissal of securities class action against holding company for regional grocer and its private equity owner arising out of holding group’s IPO.
  • Represented Fortune 100 multinational corporation and its senior officers and directors in securities class action arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a New York Stock Exchange-traded company in connection with FINRA and SEC investigations.
  • Advised a New York Stock Exchange-traded company concerning corporate governance issues arising from litigation involving one of its directors.

Representative Experience

  • Advised the board of an alliance of international non-governmental organizations concerning compliance and litigation risks related to the collection of employees’ personally identifiable information under European data privacy regulations.