Goldman Scarlato & Penny

Speaker Bio

Melissa Hague has dedicated her career to the successful and diligent prosecution of complex mass tort cases. She is an advocate for consumer rights and victims injured as a result of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. She was recently appointed by Judge Saylor of the US District Court of Massachusetts to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 on behalf of children born with birth defects as a result of in utero exposure to the drug Zofran.

Melissa has represented hundreds of clients who have suffered debilitating injuries caused by metal-on-metal hip implants, knee implants as well as transvaginal mesh implants. As a zealous advocate for her clients, Melissa has developed an intricate level of industry knowledge in this area of the law relating to the failure to properly design and test medical devices. Her mass tort litigation experience includes:

  • In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2327
  • In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197
  • In re: DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244
  • In re: Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2391
  • In re: Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant Litigation, Ber-L-936-13
  • In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272
  • In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1763

Among her early successes, Melissa was an integral part to the successful resolution of the In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation. Melissa successfully represented individual victims who received cadaver bone and tissue that was infected and not properly screened. As part of that litigation, Ms. Hague also represented dozens of families in lawsuits against funeral homes for the mutilation and illegal harvesting of body parts from their deceased loved ones. For her efforts, Melissa was featured with partner Larry Cohan of Anapol Weiss in national news media regarding the Human Tissue litigation.

Leadership in the Legal Community

Melissa currently serves on the Executive Committee for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) as well as the Board of Governors. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the New Lawyers Division for AAJ, she is the current Chair of AAJ’s Marketing and Practice Development Committee and was recognized by the President of AAJ for her Distinguished Service in 2017. She is also a supporter of EndDD.org where she speaks to high school students in her community as well as other communities about the dangers of distracted driving.

Melissa has been named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2013. She was also selected for the state of New Jersey as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 members, an elite group of the top attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their field.