With deep sadness, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg announces that friend and colleague Melody Tagliaferri Cronin passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the age of 35, after a courageous battle with acute myelocytic leukemia.
On behalf of the firm, RMG Managing Partner Barry C. Greenberg stated:
“Melody’s passing is an incredible loss to the firm, as well as to her family and friends. She was a talented attorney, dedicated to her clients and, in particular, the pro bono work she undertook. Her spirit, enthusiasm and infectious laugh will be sorely missed by all of us at RMG.”
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Melody attended Saint Paul’s School for Girls in Lutherville. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from New York University in 2000, and went on to pursue her JD and graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2007. While at Cardozo, Melody was a staff writer on the Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal. After returning to Baltimore to begin her legal career, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Albert J. Matricciani, Jr., during his tenure as a judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Melody joined Rosenberg Martin Greenberg in 2008 and worked as an associate in the Litigation and Creditors’ Rights groups until she was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2011. She was an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section; Melody was honored in 2009 with their Distinguished Service Award for her work with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, an award which is presented each year to a Young Lawyers Section member who exemplifies dedication to pro bono work, and earned the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Alex Fee Award for Pro Bono Service in 2010. Melody was also an active member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Baltimore City Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.
Melody loved spending time with her family at the beach and on their boat. She loved music and theater, and had a beautiful singing voice that was a gift to anyone lucky enough to hear it. Melody leaves behind her loving husband, Ben, and son, Luca; her parents, Karen and Alberto Panella and Phillip and Nancy Tagliaferri; and her brother, Rico Tagliaferri. At Melody’s request, contributions may be directed to Melody’s Fund at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 Painters Mill Road, Suite 800, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117.
Please come out for a bone marrow registry drive in Melody's honor on May 9, 2013 between the hours of 11am and 2pm at the locations listed here.