Melissa Blanco is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department, focusing her practice on employment-related agreements, executive compensation and employee benefits, labor arbitration, and wage and hour matters. Melissa also represents clients in labor and employment related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge claims.
As a Latina and first-generation college graduate, Melissa values hard work, diligence, and persistence. For her, being a lawyer means being a lifelong learner: learning to stand in someone else’s shoes; learning to see through someone else’s eyes; and learning to make a tangible difference in the world. Melissa’s practice approach is holistic. She listens to her clients concerns, researches the governing law, and strategizes with the clients to make sure they are not only complying with the law but also maintaining a level of moral amongst their employees. Melissa is both a native speaker of English and Spanish.
When not working, Melissa coaches Penn State Law’s mock trial teams, plays intramural soccer, seeks out new, local restaurants, and reads novels, particularly those written by Jodi Picoult.
During the 2020 campaign, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris announced a series of proposed changes to federal labor and employment laws that could swing the pendulum in a decidedly worker-friendly direction. The Biden-H...