Melissa Osorio Dibble is an associate in the Litigation Department. She concentrates her practice in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Melissa has handled all varieties of probate, general equity, and Orphans’ Court accountings, will contests, breach of fiduciary duty actions, trust modifications, and matters involving the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act and the Slayer Statute. Melissa has represented a variety of institutions and individuals, including banks, universities, executors, trustees, beneficiaries of estates and trusts, and intestate heirs.
Melissa regularly speaks on recent developments in estate and trust litigation and has published articles on the doctrine of writings intended as wills and the Uniform Trust Code.
She obtained her Juris Doctorate in May 2010 from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. She was the recipient of the Archer Diversity Scholarship during her tenure at Rutgers. While in law school, she was the President of the Association for Public Interest Law (APIL), was articles editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a member of the Domestic Violence Clinic. During her first year, she received recognition as the Best Appellant Oral Argument in her Legal Analysis Writing & Research course. Melissa was a Marshall Brennan Fellow, teaching high school students at Camden High School a course in Constitutional Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Melissa was the law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage from 2010-2011. She also served as a legal intern to The Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez of the United States District Court- District of New Jersey, Spring 2009.
Professional And Community Involvement
Current Professional Organization Membership
- American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- New Jersey Women Lawyers
- Camden County (N.J.) Bar Association: Probate & Trust Committee
- Burlington County Bar Association
- Pennsylvania State Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association: Probate & Trust Section
- Philadelphia Estate Planning Council: Women’s Committee
- Philadelphia Orphan’s Court Litigation Committee
- Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey
- Member of Samaritan’s Healthcare & Hospice Planned Giving Committee
- Board Member of CONTACT Community Helplines, a nonprofit agency staffed by trained and dedicated volunteers, and supported by the United Way. (2013-2016)
- Mock Trial Coach for Paul VI High School (2011-2015)
- Homeless Advocacy Project Volunteer: Pro Bono Representation of Veterans (2011-2015)
Awards And Recognition
- 2014 Probate & Property Magazine’s Excellence in Writing Award
Awards Received Upon Graduating Rutgers Camden-Law School
- Pro Bono Award for Significant Public Service
- The Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award
- The National Association of Women Lawyers Award
- 3/30/17, CHARITABLE BEQUESTS: HOW TO MAKE THEM LAST, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice website.
- 3/21/16, Recent Developments in Trust Law: New Jersey Enacts the Uniform Trust Code, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey Committee
- 5/14, What’s in a Name: Writings Intended as Wills, ABA Probate & Property, By: Melissa Osorio Dibble, Esq. and Anthony R. La Ratta, Esq.
- 8/12/13, No Signature Required: NJ Leads the Way with Writings Intended as Wills, NJ Law Journal
- Camden County Bar Association Lunch & Learn: Guardianship Update From The Surrogate’s Office, 3/30/17
- Camden County Bar association Annual Forum: Hot Trends in Probate Litigation, 2013,2014,2015 and 2016
- Archer’s Annual Estate Litigation Seminar, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- Burlington County Bar Association, What We’ve Learned So Far Under Uniform Trust Code, 12/13/16
- A Case Study on The UTC for the Society of Financial Service Professionals, 1/10/17
- Federal Exception to Probate Litigation presentation to the Fiduciary Litigation, Ethics & Malpractice Committee of the ABA Real property, Trust & Estate law section.