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Melanie Schoffelmeer

Associate, Hartford

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Melanie Schoffelmeer is an associate in the Firm's Litigation Department practicing in the areas of employment law, healthcare, professional liability, insurance defense construction and commercial litigation. Ms. Schoffelmeer represents clients before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor and in state and federal courts in Connecticut. Ms. Schoffelmeer counsels clients about issues facing employers during all stages of the employment relationship including but not limited to the hiring, disciplinary and termination process.

Ms. Schoffelmeer also represents lawyers and design professionals in professional malpractice cases in state and federal courts.

While attending law school, Ms. Schoffelmeer was the Interscholastic Director of the Connecticut Moot Court Board and competed in numerous national moot court competitions. During law school, Ms. Schoffelmeer was a certified legal extern at the Hartford State's Attorney's Office and a judicial extern for the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. Ms. Schoffelmeer was a Notes & Comments Editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, in which she published a note on the insurance implications of the NHL and NFL concussion class actions. Ms. Schoffelmeer also served as the University of Connecticut Law School Liaison to the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.

Ms. Schoffelmeer received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She received her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

  • J.D., Honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 2014
    - Notes and Comments Editor, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal
    - 2012 Alva P. Loiselle Moot Court Competition Winner
    - CALI Excellence Award for Class Performance for Trial Advocacy, Law and Public Education, and Pre-Trial Litigation

  • B.A., Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 2014
    Phi Gamma Mu International Social Sciences Honor Society
    - Varsity Softball
    - NESCAC All-Academic Team Fall 2009-2011

  • Connecticut Bar Association

  • State of Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • Author, “NFL Concussion Litigation and its Insurance Implications” 20 Conn. Ins. L.J. 635 (2014)