Joining Eckell Sparks in March of 2018, Melanie E. Tunaitis is an Associate in the Family Law Department. Prior to joining Eckell Sparks, Melanie practiced family law with firms in Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.
Melanie began her career in law in 2005 when she accepted a position as a legal secretary. At the same time, Melanie began her legal education by registering at Delaware County Community College for paralegal studies.
Promoted to paralegal/legal assistant in 2007, Melanie focused primarily on family law. Over the next eight years, Melanie was the main point of contact for family law clients. She assumed the responsibility of preparing pleadings, correspondence, and case files for Court; all the while developing invaluable experience by managing the family law department of the firm.
Melanie received her Applied Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies with High Honors in 2008 from Delaware County Community College. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2010 from Widener University. She continued her education at Widener University Law School and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2015, having made Dean’s List several semesters. Melanie was able to complete all of her educational studies while working full-time at a law firm.
Passing the Pennsylvania Bar Examination, Melanie became an attorney in 2015. In light of her considerable experience over the past ten years, Melanie tried her first custody trial within days of passing the Bar Examination.
Melanie chose to focus her career on family law because she understands that this area of law is the most personal. Growing up in Delaware County, Melanie worked relentlessly and diligently to achieve her educational and career goals, working and studying simultaneously. She has worked with people from all walks of life. Melanie is patient and prides herself on being able to explain complex legal theories in a way that everyone can understand. She believes everyone should understand their legal rights, especially when it comes to their family.
In 2020, Melanie served as the Chairperson of the Family Law Section of Delaware County. For several years, Melanie has also served as the Committee Chairperson of the Legal Education Committee of the Family Law Section.
Melanie lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys running obstacle races and training in martial arts.
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