Melissa S. Blanton

Melissa S. Blanton: Attorney with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Attorney Awards


Ms. Blanton is a member of firm’s Executive Committee, chair of the Finance Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. She represents financial institutions in various types of residential, retail, and office development projects, in syndicated secured real estate credit facilities, and in the structuring, drafting, and negotiation of workout and forbearance agreements. She also represents investors and institutional clients in complex real estate sales and acquisitions. In addition, Ms. Blanton has significant experience representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions.

Other Distinctions

•Selected as one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, 2013*
•Recognized by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia as the “Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year,” 2013
•Honored with the National Association of Women in Business Committee Champion Award, 2016
•Noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star” for real estate, 2010-2018*
•Woolsack Honorary Society, 2003
•The National Association of Women Lawyers Recognition Award, 2003*

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information on methodologies is available via these links .

News & Publications

•Many Schnader Lawyers Named to PA Super Lawyers
•Schnader Attorneys Receive Recognition for Pro Bono Efforts
•Schnader Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers 2017
•Many Schnader Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers 2016
•Melissa Blanton Quoted in South Jersey Biz
•Schnader Announces New Leadership Roles
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2015
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2014
•Circuit split widens on actions borrowers must take to preserve their right to rescind under TILA
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2013
•Schnader Begins Publishing the Schnader Financial Services Blog
•The Legal Intelligencer Names Melissa Blanton a 2013 “Lawyer on the Fast Track”
•Delaware Adopts the 2010 Article 9 Amendments
•Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Names Melissa Blanton Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year
•Schnader Sponsors Economic Outlook 2012 Hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Risk Management Association
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2012
•Team Schnader Is Among the Top Fundraising Teams at the 2011 Philly AIDS Walk/Run
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2011
•Schnader Names Four New Partners
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2010
•Melissa Hill Honored for her Work with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project
•Schnader Honored with Phila. VIP’s Chancellor’s Award
•Pro Bono Newsletter

Community & Pro Bono

•Fleisher Art Memorial, Board Member, Investment and Finance Committees, Chair of Parking Lot Taskforce
•Perkins Center for the Arts, Vice President of Board, Executive Committee Member
•American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team
•National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter
•Certified by the Miller Center for Public Interest Advocacy for work in Elder Law
•Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Project
•Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

Related Events

•Melissa Blanton Presents “Drafting and Negotiating Covenants in Commercial Loan Documents”
•Schnader Attorneys Present: Key Legal, Tax and Accounting Issues Impacting Early Stage Companies
•Webinar: Effective Loan Documentation for Lenders: How to Deter and Prevent Litigation through Proven Loan Documentation Safeguards
•Schnader Attorneys Present “Financial Basics Every In-House Attorney Should Know” at the DELVACCA Mini-MBA CLE Institute
•Show Me the Money - Obtaining Commercial and Residential Real Estate Secured Financing in Today’s Market
•Schnader Attorneys Support the Perkins Center for the Arts’ and Attend the Center’s Latin Nights and Sights Event
•Boundary Disputes, Adverse Possessions and Actions to Quite Title: Where Is the Line Really Drawn?

(Also at Cherry Hill, NJ Office)

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Services
  • Finance
  • Financial Services Real Estate Lending
  • Real Estate Transactions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, B.S., B.A., summa cum laude
Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., cum laude Delta Theta Phi
Year of First Admission:
2004, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2003, New Jersey; 2003, Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association, member
•Philadelphia Bar Association, member
•Forum of Executive Women, member

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Representation of a bank in connection with a $23,500,000 mortgage loan secured by a nationally branded hotel and a retail center; Representation of a national bank in connection with a $14,700,000 construction loan for the improvement of a retail shopping center; Local counsel representation in connection with financing for the construction of a car dealership in New Jersey; Representation of a lender in connection with the financing of a chain of five (5) supermarkets serving low-income areas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; $19,400,000 Construction Loan for the construction of a fitness center, a bank, and a 43,800 square foot medical office building; $30,000,000 Real Estate Secured Working Capital Revolving Line of Credit; $65,000,000 Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility for the construction of active adult communities in Pennsylvania; Representation of purchaser in the acquisition of an approximately 211,000 square foot medical office building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Representation of purchaser in the acquisition and financing of a sound studio, recording company and production company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (1 review)
Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience


*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Contact Melissa S. Blanton

Required Fields

Required Fields

By clicking on the "Submit" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms and Privacy Policy. You also consent to be contacted at the phone number you provided, including by autodials, text messages and/or pre-recorded calls, from Martindale and its affiliates and from or on behalf of attorneys you request or contact through this site. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

You should not send any sensitive or confidential information through this site. Emails sent through this site do not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be treated as privileged or confidential. The lawyer or law firm you are contacting is not required to, and may choose not to, accept you as a client. The Internet is not necessarily secure and emails sent though this site could be intercepted or read by third parties.