Melissa E. Flax

Melissa E. Flax

Melissa is a partner of the firm and an accomplished litigator. She has litigated matters in both state and federal courts throughout her career. Melissa’s broad experience includes representing clients in complex commercial litigation involving environmental laws/regulations, insurance law, insurance coverage, ERISA and related regulations, business torts, federal and state employment laws, construction and surety law, shareholder disputes, and other significant legal issues.

Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Loyola University. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes, J.S.C. (later – Judge, Third Circuit Court of Appeals). She is a member of the Bars of New Jersey, New York, and Florida and various federal courts. Melissa is a member of a number of the firm’s management committees.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar

Courts Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • The Association of the Federal Bar

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Land Use Law

When zoning and land use roadblocks stand in the way of your objectives for a real estate investment or development project, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to move you forward.

About us

Restaurant Brands
Carella Byrne has filed a securities fraud class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Restaurant Brands International Inc. on behalf of those individuals who purchased or acquired common stock.
Johnson & Johnson
Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello filed a consumer class action Thursday in New Jersey District Court against Johnson & Johnson over its Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen line.
Takata Corp.
A Florida federal judge granted final approval Monday to a $42 million settlement automakers Volkswagen and Audi reached to resolve multidistrict litigation over their alleged use of defective Takata Corp. air bags, as well as a $12.6 million attorney fee award from that total.

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