Attorney Melvin L. Vatz
Over 40 Years of Experience
Since 1976, Attorney Melvin Vatz has focused his practice on civil and criminal trials. His civil trial practice concentrates on employment law and workers’ rights issues. He represents the interests of working men and women and small businesses with legal problems arising from employment disputes, discrimination claims, contractual disputes, workers’ compensation injuries, and personal injury claims.
As a trial lawyer, he tries cases in both federal and state cases, and argues appeals in both federal and state appellate courts. In addition to his active trial practice, Melvin is a mediator and arbitrator in employment law disputes, having been certified in federal court following completion of 40 hours of mediation training.
Background & Education
Melvin began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, and has represented hundreds of clients accused of misdemeanors, felonies, and capital murder offenses in state and federal courts.
A native of Pittsburgh, he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated in 1972, and then obtained his law degree in 1976 from Georgetown University. He has lectured and written for continuing legal education seminars in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment law and legal ethics.
Attorney Vatz’s education includes:
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
- Juris Doctorate – 1976
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- B.A. – 1973
- Major: Political Science
Attorney Vatz has been honored to receive AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated 5.0 out of 5 for his dedicated legal service and knowledge of the law. This is backed by a number of professional admissions and his work with continuing education lectures.
- Pennsylvania, 1976
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1980
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
- Lecture, workers’ compensation
- Lecture, Employment Law
- Lecture, Legal Ethics