Your Team. Empowering Survivors to use their VOICE.

Melissa Hague, Esq.

Your Sexual Assault Lawyer

Melissa Hague, Esq.

Your Sexual Assault Lawyer

Melissa has long been an advocate for the rights of underrepresented groups and those harmed by institutionalized abuse. From representing women who have been taken advantage of by pharmaceutical and medical device giants to children who were abused as a result of institutional negligence and neglect, she has passionately fought to get justice for survivors who suffer from the permanent effects of trauma.  Melissa takes a zealous trauma informed approach with each sexual assault client while fiercely standing up for them against their perpetrators. Melissa is passionate about changing the culture of sexual violence and giving survivors a voice in a safe and secure environment. Her number one priority for each client is that civil justice is part of the healing process and affords each survivor with the ability to take back control and regain their Voice.

Melissa has developed a reputation as a sensitive, compassionate and fearless advocate. Her tenacity for defending assault victims along with her knowledge of the civil court system has allowed her to obtain justice for her clients. While empathetic to her clients and the trauma they have experienced, she is not afraid to stand up to powerful defendants who thrive on intimidation tactics.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Widener University School of Law
  • B.S. Psychology, 2003 St. Joseph’s University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Douglas Bench, Jr., Esq.

Your Sexual Assault Lawyer

Douglas Bench, Jr., Esq.

Your Sexual Assault Lawyer

Douglas is a 2006 graduate from Cornell Law School. Since his earliest days practicing family law, Douglas has been an aggressive advocate for his clients. Whether representing parents seeking greater custody of their children, consumers who have been overcharged by unscrupulous monopolists, or investors who have been defrauded by their trusted advisers, Douglas has consistently obtained favorable results for his clients. He understands that no one wants to be involved in litigation or have their personal information become public. As a result, he fights not only for well-deserved compensation, but also to assure that those who have endured the indignity of abuse are not subjected to further mistreatment by defense counsel or the legal system.

Douglas’ pro bono activities include assisting the elderly in the planning for their medical care needs, organizing mock trial competitions, and representing homeowners who fell behind on their mortgages during the great recession.

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Cornell Law School
  • B.A. Political Science and Journalism University of Pittsburgh, 2003

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania

Tara Cattell

Paralegal

Tara Cattell

Paralegal

Tara is a fierce advocate. She approaches her work with a trauma-informed, person-centered, and intersectional perspective.

Tara is a certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with the Burlington County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in New Jersey. Her work includes supporting people who have been impacted by sexual violence through the sexual assault hotline and as a member of the SART team on hospital accompaniments. She is a member of the Legislative Committee of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Tara is also a survivor who cares deeply about assisting others in their healing process and their path to seeking justice.

Tara has a B.A. in International Studies from Arcadia University where her research focused primarily on human rights and the effects of conflict. She completed a post-graduate course at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University on the role of gender and gender identity in post-conflict resolution. Her unique educational background brings a deep understanding of the effects of trauma to her current work. Tara’s previous work experience includes advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, individuals who have been incarcerated, and people with disabilities.

Alexis Puzzella

Paralegal

Alexis Puzzella

Paralegal

Alexis passionately advocates for justice on behalf of sexual assault survivors.  She received her B.A in English from Kutztown University while also obtaining her paralegal certification.  Since graduating, she has spent her career working for firms that represent Plaintiffs whose lives have been dramatically affected by the negligence of major institutions and companies.

Alexis also spends time outside of work involved in charity groups and volunteer organizations in her community.  She is an active committee member for the Eastern PA Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Through her work with the CF Foundation she has planned a number of large galas, great strides walks, and events to raise funds and awareness for people living with CF.  Alexis is also a member of the Girl Scouts of America where she spends time mentoring and developing young women within her community through volunteer events and activities. 

Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see.

Eve Ensler

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