Ms Barbara Murphy Melby > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
United States

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Business & Finance


Barbara Melby, a partner in the corporate business transactions practice at Morgan Lewis, has been active in the outsourcing and commercial transactions legal market for the last 20 years. As leader of the firm’s technology, outsourcing & commercial transactions practice, and one of the leaders of its privacy and cybersecurity practice, Barbara represents clients in complex transactions as outsourcing, strategic alliances, technology and data-related agreements, and other services transactions. She also advises businesses on privacy and security issues that arise in transactions involving sensitive data and technologies. For more information, view Barbara’s bio at


Barbara co-authored two seminal works in the outsourcing field, Information Technology Outsourcing: Process, Strategies, and Contracts, and Business Process Outsourcing: Process, Strategies, and Contracts (both John Wiley). She also speaks on outsourcing and technology transactions at business, legal, and professional conferences. She spearheaded the launch of, and continues to lead, Morgan Lewis’s blog on technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions—Tech & Sourcing @ Morgan Lewis.


Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1991; Vassar College, B.A., 1987

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Commercial deals and contracts

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises its strong tech-sector client base on commercial transactions and ongoing outsourcing arrangements, and also assists banks and fintech companies with licensing and outsourcing agreements involving payments and processing technology. Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley acted for internet search provider Yandex in a $3.7bn ride-sharing business transaction with Uber, while Philadelphia-based joint practice heads Barbara Murphy Melby and Michael L. Pillion advised BOX Options Exchange on a blockchain and surveillance technology licence and services agreement for the establishment of StokynX, an exchange for the trading of security tokens. Tony Chan joined the Washington DC office from Dechert LLP in April 2018, and Sameer V. Mohan joined in Houston from Baker & Hostetler LLP in February 2018.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

(Hall of Fame)

Barbara MelbyMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has wide-ranging outsourcing expertise, and has been especially active in the healthcare, consumer products, fintech, professional services and transportation industries. ‘Exceptional’ Philadelphia-based attorney Barbara M. Melby has ‘the ability to quickly grasp technical and commercial aspects of the deal and identify legal issues’; she jointly heads the practice with Michael L. Pillion, who is also based in Philadelphia. The team is advising Colgate-Palmolive on the structuring and negotiation of warehouse and logistics management transactions, which included a deal for the outsourcing of distribution operations to Mexico, as well as the outsourcing of the administration and management of the client’s contribution and health benefits plans. In addition, the practice group is representing Haemonetics Corporation in the negotiation of a $40m outsourcing agreement regarding certain IT functions and business processes. Philadelphia-based associate Christopher C. Archer is another name to note. Senior attorney Ada Finkel left the Boston office to join a consultancy as assistant general counsel in January 2019.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has particular expertise in the business application of blockchain technology, and is also experienced in cybersecurity projects and data exchange platforms. Philadelphia-based practice heads Michael L. Pillion and Barbara M. Melby are acting for BOX Options Exchange in relation to a blockchain and surveillance technology license and services agreement as a basis for StokynX, a joint venture that will operate as a regulated exchange for the trading of security tokens. New York-based Vito Petretti and Doneld G. Shelkey in Boston advised Colgate-Palmolive on negotiations regarding a strategic sourcing and contract management platform, and also assists the client with the management of a portfolio of IT transactions. Philadelphia-based associate Christopher C. Archer is also recommended, and Jeffrey S. Dinerstein joined the Houston office from Jones Day in June 2018.