Jeffrey W. Melcher

Partner

P
(470) 309-1969 Ext. 2601
F
(850) 668-7972
Atlanta, GA
Tower Place 100
3340 Peachtree Road , Suite 1800
Atlanta
,
GA
30326
Chattanooga, TN
201 W. Main Street
Suite 105
Chattanooga
,
TN
37408

PRACTICE AREAS

General Liability and Casualty Defense

Insurance Coverage Analysis and Litigation

Employment Law and Labor Relations

Commercial Litigation

Product Liability

Professional Liability

Workers' Compensation

Medical Malpractice

Trucking and Transportation

Cargo, Trucking and Logistics

Admissions

Alabama

Georgia

North Carolina

Tennessee

Supreme Court of the United States

United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, Southern Districts of Alabama

United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, Southern Districts of Georgia

United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, Western Districts of Tennessee

United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, Western Districts of North Carolina

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law

J.D., 1988, Moot Court Board

Vanderbilt University

B.A., 1985, with honors

Jeffrey W. Melcher 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.

Jeffrey W. Melcher 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 nationwide with a focus on the Southeast. Jeff’s significant, 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 array of real estate litigation. Additionally, he has 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.

Rounding out his capabilities, Jeff has years of experience in defending employers and self-insureds in workers’ compensation defense matters and he successfully defends employers in a wide range of employment law litigation such as 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.

Professional Associations

Atlanta Bar Association

Alabama Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association

DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Atlanta Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Achievements

2020 Judicial Edition AV Preeminent Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia, 2019

Best Lawyers in America® Distinction in Insurance

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law

Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law

Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation

Jeffrey W. Melcher 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 nationwide with a focus on the Southeast. Jeff’s significant, 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 array of real estate litigation. Additionally, he has 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.

Rounding out his capabilities, Jeff has years of experience in defending employers and self-insureds in workers’ compensation defense matters and he successfully defends employers in a wide range of employment law litigation such as 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.

Professional Associations

Atlanta Bar Association

Alabama Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association

DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Atlanta Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Achievements

2020 Judicial Edition AV Preeminent Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyers in Georgia, 2019

Best Lawyers in America® Distinction in Insurance

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law

Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law

Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation

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Chartwell Law Continues Expansion With Opening of Atlanta, Georgia Office and, New Partner, Jeffrey W. Melcher
Chartwell Law Continues Expansion With Opening of Atlanta, Georgia Office and, New Partner, Jeffrey W. Melcher
Chartwell Law Continues Expansion With Opening of Atlanta, Georgia Office and, New Partner, Jeffrey W. Melcher
February 10, 2021
February 10, 2021