Melinda M. Previtera

Melinda M. Previtera

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I focus my practice in all areas of family law. My passion and experience in family law allows me to tackle the most complicated cases with confidence and knowledge, thus obtaining the most desirable outcomes for my clients. I recently partnered with the equally talented and aggressive Diana Schimmel Avena, to create Previtera & Schimmel, LLC. Our firm is exclusively dedicated to family law where we manage high asset divorce cases, in addition to adoption, custody, same-sex marriage rights, prenuptial agreements, and support. Since graduating law school over seven years ago, I have dedicated my career to advocating on behalf of family law clients. Working in this intense legal field is a privilege which continues to spark my love for litigation, negotiation, and advocacy. Prior to moving to private practice, I was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James P. Savio, family division. During my clerkship I gained valuable knowledge and experience in divorce law, child custody, child support, and domestic violence law. In addition to my legal background, I am a board member of the Justinian Society, an involved member of the Nicholas A. Ciprani Inn of Court and an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Family Law
  • 20% Wills and Estates

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation, State of New Jersey, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • New Jersey, 2010


  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Mediation Certified
  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. cum laude
    • Honors: Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Women Studies

Published Works

  • Paternity and Parentage in Same Sex Marriage, Legal Lookout, 2015


  • Starting Strong: Skills of a Successful Lawyer, Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2016 - Present
  • Family Law Case Update: Winter 2016, Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2016 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Risking Star - Super Lawyers, 2016 - Present
  • Top 40 under 40 - the Institute of Family Lawyers, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Executive Committee Member, 2014 - 2017
  • Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court, Inn of Court Member, 2010 - 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • The Law Offices of Nicholas A. Clemente, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2010 - 2013
  • Petrelli Law, Associate Attorney, 2013 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • LEGAL VIP VOLUNTEER, 2010 - 2017


  • Kappa Kappa Gamma