Melaine Shannon Rothey, a Senior Attorney at Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, LLP, is the Immediate Past-President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She served as ACBA President from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Ms. Rothey has been an active member of the ACBA for 32 years and is a member of the association’s Family Law Section and Women in the Law Division. Ms. Rothey has regularly served on seminar panels for the ACBA and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in the areas of custody, support and equitable distribution. Additionally, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ms. Rothey began her legal career in 1984 with the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, where she primarily represented clients before the Pennsylvania appellate courts. She later worked as a shareholder at a Pittsburgh-area boutique firm specializing in family law. She joined Jones, Gregg, Creehan and Gerace in 2007; she now heads the firm’s Domestic Relations Department, where she concentrates her practice in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody and support.
She is also heavily involved in the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, organizations that focus on the charitable pursuits of the Pittsburgh-area legal community, such as providing free legal services to low-income individuals. Ms. Rothey frequently works as a pro bono attorney assisting individuals with protection from abuse actions. She is currently on the board of directors of the NLSA and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the ACBF. Ms. Rothey received the 2006 Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services to the Public Committee Pro Bono Award and the 2006 ACBA Individual Pro Bono Award.
Ms. Rothey obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in 1979 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1984. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.