Melinda M. Previtera

Meet Melinda M. Previtera, Philadelphia Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Building great relationships with clients is the cornerstone to Melinda Previtera’s successful practice as a divorce attorney. Her passion and experience allow her to tackle the most complicated cases with the confidence and knowledge needed to obtain the best outcomes for her clients. A partner of Petrelli Previtera, Melinda acts as a mentor for the firm’s associates.

In addition to divorce, Melinda represents clients in all areas of family law, including child support, custody, legal separation, and domestic violence law.

To Melinda, offering top-notch experience, education and above-and-beyond legal work is just the beginning. “We know the right people; we know the key players, the judges, adversaries, opposing counsel,” she explains in this video. “We know how to speak the language and get you the best results.”

While earning her law degree from Rutgers School of Law, Melinda received a certification in mediation. She also conducted research in child advocacy rights and completed a domestic violence clinic. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from Dickinson College.

Melinda is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to moving to private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James P. Savio in the family division. After working at Petrelli Law as an associate, Melinda joined the firm as a partner in 2017.

“Working in this intense legal field is a privilege which continues to spark my love for litigation, negotiation, and advocacy,” Melinda noted.

The International Women’s Leadership Association recognized Melinda as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership” for her personal and professional achievements and for her dedication to supporting other women in reaching their goals. She was selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list every year since 2016. Rising Stars is an honor given to attorneys younger than 40 or who have been in practice for 10 years or fewer. Melinda was also named to the Top 40 under 40 list by the Institute of Family Lawyers in 2016.

In addition to her legal background, Melinda is an executive committee member of the Justinian Society and an active member of both the Nicholas A. Ciprani Inn of Court and the Philadelphia Bar Association.


  • Juris Doctor, Rutgers School of Law
  • B.S. in Political Science, Dickinson College
  • B.S. in Women’s Studies, Dickinson College


  • Selected for inclusion to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars – 2016 to Present
  • Selected for inclusion to Institute of Family Lawyers Top 40 under 40 – 2016 to Present
  • Named a Woman of Outstanding Leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association

Professional Associations

  • Executive Committee Member, Justinian Society of Lawyers– 2014 to 2017
  • Member, Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court 2010 to 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

What Clients Say About Us

This firm is very good. They gave me good advice and so far I’ll still have custody of my grandchildren and with his help I shall maintain that custody. Superior.- A Family Law Client, Philadelphia, PA
Petrelli Previtera worked with me on case and he was great. His staff and lawyers are so friendly and helpful. You can tell they cared by how quickly they returned my calls. Even if Mr. Petrelli was unavailable to assist me, his associate was there to answer my questions. I am very happy with their work and their rates are reasonable. If you need a family lawyer, these are the guys to go to.- A Pennsylvania Client, Delaware County, PA