Melissa M. Baxter, Esquire
Melissa M. Baxter is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney as designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and is a Partner at the law firm. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of personal injury law and has been a key contributor to some of the law firm’s biggest settlements and verdicts in the past several years. Melissa appears regularly in court on jury trials, case management conferences, motion practice, arbitrations and settlement conferences. When she is not in court, she is conducting discovery on her cases including depositions, document review, exhibit formulation and trial preparation.
Ms. Baxter is quickly developing a reputation for being fearless in the courtroom. She recently obtained a $600,000 jury verdict in a brain injury case that was tried in Gloucester County that was the 35th largest verdict in the State of New Jersey and was over 100 times the defendant’s offer. Melissa also recently obtained significant “six-figure” jury verdicts in car crash cases stemming from neck and back injuries. Each verdict far exceeded the defendants’ offers made before the trial. Most recently, she argued and won an appeal before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on behalf of the New Jersey Association of Justice in order to protect and preserve the rights of New Jersey citizens bitten by vicious dogs. The case was published and is now the established law in New Jersey for dog bite cases. (The law firm is ethically required to inform you that results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances).
Melissa currently serves as a Board of Governor to the New Jersey Association of Justice (NJAJ) where she is actively involved in the organization. At a recent NJAJ Annual Conference in Atlantic City, she was among a select group of attorneys that were invited to speak at the seminar. Her topic, “Sharing Secrets of Success”, discussed the importance of persuading at every opportunity and shared tips on how to take advantage of each stage of litigation to maximize the potential of the case in order to get the best possible result for clients. In 2018, Melissa was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for The Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, a statewide association of trial attorneys whose mission is to promote the litigation interests of the public, the bench, and the bar while protecting access to the civil justice system. She is one of the youngest trial lawyers ever selected to serve on the Board.
Melissa is an active member of the Burlington and Camden County Bar Associations, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey. She continues to teach trial strategy at seminars for NJAJ, The Trial Attorneys’ of New Jersey and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education-NJ.
Ms. Baxter is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. An avid runner, Melissa resides with her husband and their daughter.
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