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Empowering Survivors to use their VOICE.

Your Sexual Assault Lawyer

Melissa Hague, Esq.

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

Paralegal

Alexis Puzzella

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.

Paralegal

Tara Cattell

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.

Michael Manara, Esq.

Throughout his legal career, Michael has been a strong advocate standing with, and for, those who have been harmed by the actions of others.  Michael started his career as a prosecutor at the 3rd largest prosecutor’s office in the nation.  As a prosecutor, Michael worked tirelessly, not only to hold criminals accountable for their wrongdoing, but to seek justice on behalf of the victims of violent crime and help them to express their voice.  During his time as a prosecutor, Michael also spent time working with juveniles, including those who were victims of sexual assault.

 

After leaving the prosecutor’s office, Michael transitioned to the practice of civil law, where his focus remains the same – helping those who have been harmed by the actions of others.  Whether it be representing those who have been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of the negligence and misconduct of others, or standing with survivors of sexual assault to take back control and regain their voice, Michael is committed to seeking justice for his clients.

 

Education:

 

Juris Doctor, 2014 Drexel University School of Law

B.S. Criminal Justice, 2008 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

 

Bar Admissions:

 

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

US District Court for the Middle 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 Appeals for the DC Circuit

 

Military Experience:

 

Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 2005 – 2011

Katie Tingley

Katie is a skilled paralegal who is committed to helping victims achieve civil justice. She received her B.S. from Radford University and has been working for The Joel Bieber Firm since 2015. During her career as a paralegal she has worked on a wide variety of personal injury cases. Katie is especially passionate about assisting sexual assault survivors. It’s very important to her that they have the chance to share their story and get the justice that they deserve. She hopes to be a trusted guide for victims throughout not only the legal process, but their healing journey as well.

In her free time, Katie enjoys going to the beach, concerts, hiking, and traveling. She is also passionate about preserving the environment and participates in local conservation efforts.

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