"Building lasting relationships is very important to me. I strive to make my clients feel like part of the family."

Meloney Perry Attorney

  • Dallas, Texas
  • P 214-265-6201
  • F 214-265-6226

Meloney Perry believes in forging personal and respectful relationships. Through the years, she has built many relationships and with them, a reputation for being a fierce and dedicated advocate for her clients.

As the founding partner of Perry Law P.C., Meloney is known for her passion, gracious manner, intelligent tactics in the courtroom and a unique ability to disarm plaintiff attorneys. Her clients say that “no one multitasks as effectively as Meloney.”

In a career spanning over 20 years, her practice is focused on defending insurance companies involved in coverage disputes, bad faith and class action litigation. When it comes to insurance defense, chances are she has seen it and done it.

Meloney represents clients in multiple jurisdictions and at the appellate level. She handles complex cases and defends companies both large and small. From counseling clients on extensive policy form drafting to advising clients during negotiations with governmental agencies, Meloney is always there for her clients.

As lead counsel for one of the largest insurance companies in the country, Meloney successfully appealed a case involving violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to the Supreme Court of the United States. In high-stakes matters to the more routine legal issues, clients count on Meloney’s in-depth knowledge and keen legal insights.

Meloney is also an author and frequent presenter on insurance coverage and the law, often conducting lunchtime CLE presentations for clients.

Before practicing law in Dallas, Ms. Perry earned her B.A. in English from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 1991, and a J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University in 1994, where she served on the SMU Law Review Association.

  • Texas, 1994
  • Colorado, 2004
  • New Mexico, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
  • Class Action Seminar entitled, “Class Actions: Recent Developments, Avoiding Exposure, and Successfully Defending Your Company” (September 2000)
  • A Privacy Seminar entitled, “Privacy–The New Legal Minefield” (August 2001)
  • DRI Auto Liability and Coverage Seminar November 10-11, 2005, Chicago, Illinois, “Beware! Privacy Issues in the Handling of Auto Claims”, presented with Marie Burdett from GEICO (Defense Research Institute)
  • Texas 3rd Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, March 30 & 31, 2006, “Privacy Issues in Insurance Litigation Discovery”(State Bar of Texas and The Insurance Law Section)
  • 11th Annual Insurance Law Institute, December 7-8, 2006, Panel Discussion on Slippery Slopes and Ethical Landmines and paper entitled, “Observations From The Battlefront: What In-House and Outside Attorneys Can Do to Help Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Corporate Context” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas)
  • “Privacy Considerations in Auto Claims Litigation”, Tort Source (Spring 2006)
  • “Attorney-Client Privilege and Deposition Preparation of Former Employees,” 57 Fed’n Def. & Corp. Couns. Q. 303 (2007)
  • “Rainmaking at a Big Firm: Drawing on Your Partners for Potential New Business”, Vol. 13 No. 1 The Woman Advocate (Fall 2007) (American Bar Assn. Section of Litigation)
  • Texas 4th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, March 29-30, 2007, “The Times Are a Changing (or Are They?):  Amended Federal Rules and E-Discovery and  The  Impact  Upon  Practitioners” (State Bar of Texas and The Insurance Law Section)
  • Advanced Insurance and Tort Claims, June 21-22, 2007, “Tort Law Update” (University of Houston Law Foundation)
  • 12th Annual Insurance Law Institute, Oct. 10-12, 2007, “Managing Insurance Information In An Uncertain World” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting, Feb. 29, 2008, Presented a paper entitled “Former Employee Preparation – A Lawyer’s Perspective” at the FDCC Extra-Contractual Liability Section’s Meeting regarding Preparing Insurance Company Witnesses to Testify in Deposition and Trial in a Bad Faith Case
  • Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, April 10, 2008, Chicago, Illinois, “E-Discovery and the Emerging Challenges for Insurers and Their Lawyers” (Defense Research Institute)
  • “Supreme Court Ruling on the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Auto Insureds’ Use of Insurance Scores to Set Premiums,” 75 Def. Couns. J. 151 (2008) (Joint author)
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 26, 2008, Houston, Texas, Insurance Law Section Seminar–Anatomy of an Insurance Case, Presentation on “Preparing The Insurance Witness”
  • PLRB/LIRB 2009 Claims Conference, March 22-25, 2009, Presentation on “Privacy Issues in Auto Claims Handling”
  • Applied Discovery’s CLE, May 14, 2009, Panel Member on Project Management and Budget/Scope
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, July 30, 2009, “Risky Business – An Update on Bad Faith and Insurance Coverage Litigation”
  • PLRB/LIRB 2010 Claims Conference, March 21-24, 2010, Presentation on “Privilege Issues and Electronic Discovery: What Adjusters Need to Know.”
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 10, 2010, Fort Worth, Texas, Insurance Law Section Seminar—Presentation on “Uncle Sam’s Hand in the Settlement Cookie Jar – A Review of Medicare Liens and the Results of the New Reporting Requirements.”
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, July 29, 2010, Program Chair for Joint Workshop entitled “Would You Mind Explaining This? The Cultural Clash in International Litigation – What Transatlantic Clients Expect From Their Lawyers”
  • 15th Annual Insurance Law Institute, October 14-15, 2010, “Lies, Liens and Offsets” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.)
  • PLRB /LIRB 2011 Claims Conference, April 3-6, 2011, Presentation on “Privilege & Confidentiality in the Age of Electronics”
  • 16th Annual Insurance Law Institute, November 4, 2011, “Covert Affairs? Privacy Issues in Insurance Cases” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting, March 8, 2012, Plenary Session Panel on “The Best iPad Apps for Lawyers”
  • Texas 9th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course, April 12-13, 2012, “Unauthorized Practice of Law – Does It Exist?” (State Bar of Texas and The Insurance Law Section)
  • PLRB/LIRB 2012 Claims Conference, April 15-18, 2012, Presentation on “Privilege and Confidentiality in the Age of Electronics”
  • 2012 South Texas Insurance Law Seminar, May 4, 2012, Presentation on “Subrogation Issues”
  • 17th Annual Insurance Law Institute, Oct. 18, 2012, “Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Case” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas)
  • 10th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Counsel, April 11, 2013, “Deposing and Defending the Insurance Adjuster”
  • FDCC Annual Meeting (July 2013), Presentation with Appellate and ADR Section Regarding Mediation Issues in Federal Court
  • Dallas Bar Association Tort & Insurance Practices Section, March 4, 2014, panel on “Implications for the Contractual Liability Exclusion.”
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, August, 2014, panel on “Supreme Court Practice.”
  • Dallas Bar Association Tort & Insurance Practices Section, February 3, 2015, co-speaker on “Litigating the UM/UIM case since Brainard.”
  • 20th Annual Insurance Law Institute, Nov. 12, 2015, “Emerging Trends in Auto Claims” (The University of Texas School of Law and The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas).
  • State Bar of Texas, TexasBarCLE Webcast, July 10, 2017, co-speaker on “Getting Personal: Homeowners and Auto Policies.”

 

  • CLM-Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member
  • FDCC-Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Past Chair Extra-Contractual Liability Section, Past Chair Appellate Law Section; Past Chair Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section, Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Insurance Industry Initiative Committee, Insurance Coverage Section, Insurance Industry Section, Defense of the Judiciary, Electronic Discovery Project, Property Insurance Section, Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Section, Commercial Litigation Section, Federation U, Technology & E-Commerce Section, Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedures
  • Defense Research Institute
  • London Court of International Arbitration (2000-2007)
  • The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board (2000-2007)
  • United States Council for International Business (2000-2007)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inns of Court, Pupil (1995-96)
  • State of Colorado Bar Association
  • State of Texas Bar Association, The Insurance Law Section, The Insurance Law Council (2008-2014), Treasurer (2014-2015), Secretary (2015-2016), Chair-Elect (2016-2017), Chair (2017-2018)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Group Section
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in 2005 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • Church member, Sunday School teacher and volunteer
  • Involved in daughters’ soccer teams/former assistant coach