Dedicated Advocate for Medical Device Defect Victims
Melissa Hague has dedicated her career to the successful and diligent prosecution of complex mass tort cases with a focus on medical devices.
As a zealous advocate for her clients, Melissa has developed an intricate level of industry knowledge in this area of the law relating to the failure to properly design and test orthopedic devices.
Named Among the Top 40 Under 40
Melissa has been named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2013. She was also selected for the state of New Jersey as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 members, an elite group of the top attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their field.
Leadership in the Legal Profession
Melissa is an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the New Lawyers Division (NLD) as the 2014-2015 Treasurer. She served as a Board of Governor representative for the NLD from 2011 to 2013. She also serves on several committees such as Membership, PAC Task Force, Marketing and Practice Development, and AAJ Exchange.
In 2010, Melissa was recognized by the New Lawyer’s Division for her service, and in 2011 she was awarded the Above and Beyond Award for her hard work and dedication to the NLD. Melissa is also a founding Co-Chair of AAJ’s Practice Development Litigation Group. She is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
In December 2015, Melissa was appointed by Judge Saylor to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 on behalf of children born with birth defects caused by the medication Zofran.
Outstanding Legal Background
Melissa earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as before the United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts of the District of New Jersey and the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2011, Melissa was also admitted to the United States Supreme Court of America.
Melissa represents hundreds of clients who have suffered debilitating injuries caused by metal-on-metal hip implants as well as knee implants. Her litigation involvement includes:
- In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197
- In re: DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244
- In re: Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2391
- In re: Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant Litigation, Ber-L-936-13
- In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272
- In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1763
Among her early successes, Melissa was an integral part to the successful resolution of the In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation. Melissa successfully represented individual victims who received cadaver bone and tissue that was infected and not properly screened. As part of that litigation, Ms. Hague also represented dozens of families in lawsuits against funeral homes for the mutilation and illegal harvesting of body parts from their deceased loved ones. For her efforts, Melissa was featured with partner Larry Cohan of Anapol Weiss in national news media regarding the Human Tissue litigation.
She is also well regarded for her success in handling cases in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She has vast experience handling vaccine cases including Gardasil, DTaP, pertussis, varicella and influenza. Together with the firm, she assisted in filing some of the first Gardasil cases in the vaccine program.
Prior to joining the firm, Melissa served as a Judicial Law Clerk Extern to the Honorable Charles B. Smith, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Courts of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she researched and drafted judicial opinions for federal Habeas Corpus cases.