insurance law, employment law

Melissa L. Rhoads

Melissa L. Rhoads is a shareholder of the law firm of Tighe & Cottrell, P.A. Melissa practices in the areas of insurance defense, business law, general litigation, commercial transactions, employment law, and estate planning.

Ms. Rhoads is a member of the Bar in Delaware and Maryland. She was educated at Wheeling Jesuit University (B.A. cum laude 2003; member of Phi Sigma Tau honor society) and at Syracuse University College of Law (J.D. cum laude 2006). During law school, Ms. Rhoads served as the University Judicial Board Chair for Syracuse University. Ms. Rhoads also served as a Criminal Justice Teaching Fellow for the Syracuse City School District in conjunction with the New York State Attorney General's Office and Syracuse University College of Law from 2005-2006.

Ms. Rhoads serves as the President of the Board of Directors at Providence Creek Academy Charter School located in Clayton Delaware. Additionally, she is the Treasurer of the Charitable Dames of Delaware, a local non-profit organization.

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Delaware
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
Supreme Court of Maryland

Associations & Memberships

Delaware State Bar Association
  •     - Commercial Law Section
  •     - Corporation Law Section
  •     - Labor & Employment Section
  •     - Tort & Insurance Practice Section
Maryland State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel - Masters in Marketing 2017
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
Delaware Claims Association
Defense Research Institute
  •     - DRI Substantive Liaison Position
  •     - Women in the Law Marketing Committee Representative
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
Rodney Inn of Court
Defense Counsel of Delaware
Delaware Small Business Chamber
Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce
Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce - Women's Network
New Castle County Chamber of Commerce
Delaware Real Estate Women
Professional Women's Business Network
Seven Organization

Lectures/Publications (Representative)

Delaware Chapter - Best's Digest of Insurance Law (2014-2020) - Delaware Section.
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"DRJ: Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage compendium", 2016
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"Commercial & Residential Evictions", 5/19/09
"Drafting & Enforcing Commercial Leases", 12/9/08
"Public Safety Laws and Issues for Delaware Architects and Engineers", 9/20/07

Office Phone: (302) 658-6400 ext. 22

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