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.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us

Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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