When Melissa L. Steinberg graduated from Bowdoin College in 2001, she could never imagine the course her career would take.

After the Massachusetts Department of Education accepted her into a special program to train and license highly qualified teachers, Melissa completed her student teaching at Madison Park High School in Boston, Massachusetts, and obtained licensure as a Social Studies teacher. Then, when her position as a History teacher in suburban Boston was eliminated due to budget cuts, Melissa fulfilled another dream: to work in Hollywood.

While living and working in LA, Melissa became involved in a dispute with a credit card company. Harassing telephone calls and other illegal behavior from the credit card company left Melissa terrified. After researching her legal options, she decided to sue her credit card company. She represented herself – and won!

Newly vindicated, Melissa wanted to help others achieve the same success. She enrolled at Fordham University School of Law, where she was an accomplished student, and became an accomplished lawyer. Although Melissa’s

academic focus was in estate law, Melissa served on the board of the Housing Advocacy Project at Fordham, where she recruited and trained law student volunteers to assist New York City tenants with Housing Court disputes.

In consultation with social workers, physicians, educators and other professionals, Melissa has also advocated for clients before the New York City Department of Education to articulate and secure free, appropriate public educations for special needs students. Melissa has also represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and obtained favorable settlements of tax disputes. Most recently, Melissa served as general counsel to a bankruptcy trustee in the Southern District of New York, and is well versed in the intricacies of consumer bankruptcies.

Melissa’s broad experience in a number of legal disciplines makes her a formidable advocate for her clients. Please contact Melissa at (646) 386-2239 or, for even faster service, via e-mail at melissa@melissasteinberglaw.com, to discuss how Melissa’s unique experience, skill sets and knowledge can work for you.

EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2008
     The Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award (summa cum laude)
     Associate Editor, Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law

Bowdoin College, A.B. (cum laude in History), 2001
     Bernstein Prize for Excellence in the Study of European History

BAR ADMISSION

State of New York, 2009

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2012

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

New York State Bar Association
      Trusts & Estates Section

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Debt management and relief, including debt settlements and bankruptcies
  • Will drafting and execution
  • Educational advocacy, including obtaining student evaluations and ensuring that evaluations result in appropriate placements, modifications and services
  • Landlord-tenant disputes, including reviewing and drafting leases, obtaining relief from hazardous and/or illegal housing conditions, and issues concerning security deposits
  • Matrimonial services, including divorces, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, custody and support matters
  • Other areas on a case-by-case basis