Melissa M. Rivera Esq.

Melissa Merritts Rivera is a graduate of Millersville University in PA, and a graduate of Widener University School of Law.

Attorney Melissa Merritts Rivera concentrates her practice in adoption, family law and worker’s compensation in York, Lancaster and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Attorney Rivera, who began practicing law in 1994, also has significant experience in personal injury and civil litigation as well. Attorney Rivera is a member of the Middle District Federal Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and is a member of the Lancaster and York County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Melissa lives with her husband and twins in Lancaster County and is a member of Community Bible Church in Marietta, PA.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Family Law
  • Worker’s Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1996


  • Widener University School of Law
  • J.D. – 1993
  • Honors: Student Bar Association
  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA
  • B.A. – 1989
  • Honors: Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among College Students, Student Government Association
  • Major: History

The following includes personal information which you may find interesting and which will help you to get to know each of our lawyers better.

Favorite movies?

Gone with the Wind, Forrest Gump.

Who do you admire?

My parents.

Who is among your favorite music artists?

Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Mandissa, Harry Connick, Jr.

What are a few of your favorite albums?

“When My Heart Finds Christmas”, “Freedom”

Why did you become an attorney?

To help people.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with family, walk my dog, snow ski, read.

What are some of your favorite foods?

Lasagna, Mexican, haluski

What do you like about being an attorney?

Showing compassion to those who truly need it.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?


Favorite books?

Band of Brothers, Bible.

Favorite candy?

Reese’s Peanut butter cup.

Favorite beverage?

Diet Coke.

If you could order anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?

My mother’s home cooking.

Favorite quote?

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite destination?

The Beach!

Contact Information

Melissa M. Rivera Esq. 145 East Market Street York, PA 17401 (Get Directions ») Phone: 717-843-8046 Toll Free: 866-464-5297 Fax: 717-854-4362