Melissa R. Chandy
“I became a workers’ compensation lawyer because I experienced firsthand the pain that families go through when a family member is involved in a workers’ comp case and their employer and its insurance company refuse to provide benefits. I never want a client or their family to go through what my mother and our family went through when my mother was severely injured at work. On the bright side, this experience gave me an ability to see the world through my clients’ eyes and to help support them during what might be some of the most difficult times in their lives.”
- The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D.)
- University of Toronto (B. Com)
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Public Justice
Melissa R. Chandy is a Partner with Pond Lehocky and has focused her practice exclusively on Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law since graduating from Penn State – Dickinson School of Law.
Ms. Chandy was born and raised in Canada where she attended the University of Toronto’s Specialist Program in Commerce and Finance. Following law school, Ms. Chandy served as a law clerk for two Commissioners on the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. She then joined a leading regional firm, where she developed her legal writing and trial advocacy skills. When Ms. Chandy joined Pond Lehocky, she continued to devote her time to protecting the rights of injured workers.
While working at Pond Lehocky, Ms. Chandy earned the title of Partner. Additionally, she manages the brief writing department in the law firm. In this role, Ms. Chandy uses her knowledge to train and teach new associates the nuances of the brief writing processes, to ensure that from start to finish, Pond Lehocky cases are passionately and articulately argued. Ms. Chandy also plays an active role in Pond Lehocky’s Summer Clerkship Program.
Ms. Chandy is a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court. She was also elected to the Pennsylvania Association of Justice’s Board of Governors, a Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is also an active member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Chandy has been chosen to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list.