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.”
- Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law (J.D.)
- University of Toronto (B. Com)
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Philadelphia Bar Association
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.
In 2021, Ms. Chandy was named Partner at Pond Lehocky. Additionally, she handles all appellate writing, manages the brief writing department, and oversees training in the law firm. Ms. Chandy also plays an active role in Pond Lehocky’s Summer Associate and Clerkship Program.
In 2015, Ms. Chandy became a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation by the PA Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court. In 2017, Ms. Chandy was elected to the Pennsylvania Association of Justice’s Board of Governors. Ms. Chandy is also an active member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Ms. Chandy was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law along with her partners, where she taught with founding partners Samuel Pond and Jerry Lehocky. Ms. Chandy has been invited to guest lecture at Penn State – Dickinson School of Law and at Villanova Law School. Additionally, Ms. Chandy has appeared on the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list as well as the Super Lawyers® lists.