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Stuart L Melnick

Litigation Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   20 reviews

Licensed for 34 years

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About Stuart

Learn Stuart’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    45%

    34 years, 600 cases

  2. Business
    20%

    34 years, 250 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%

    34 years, 210 cases

  4. Securities and investment fraud
    8%

    34 years, 80 cases

  5. Appeals
    7%

    34 years, 60 cases

During the course of his professional career, Mr. Melnick has prosecuted and defended against hundreds of civil and commercial disputes, and has extensive experience litigating claims of breach of contract, negligence, fraud, securities fraud, defamation/libel, employment discrimination and lender liability.  He also has prosecuted and defended against numerous actions alleging copyright and/or trademark infringement, unfair competition, RICO violations, and violations of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Mr Melnick has additional experience prosecuting and defending against claims made and/or actions commenced before the SEC and FINRA. He has further experience representing clients in connection with a variety of real estate, matrimonial and criminal matters. An accomplished appellate advocate, Mr. Melnick also has briefed and argued numerous appeals, both in state and federal court.

Apart from his considerable litigation experience, Mr. Melnick has substantial transactional experience, having represented both public and private companies in connection with dozens of commercial/business and securities transactions. A forceful and effective negotiator, Mr. Melnick also has negotiated agreements and/or contracts of all kinds, including, merger/acquisition, financing, stock purchase, asset purchase, real estate, employment, pre- and post-nuptial, separation, marital dissolution, partnership, brokerage, distribution, royalty and leasing agreements.

Client's Choice 2019
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Licensed for 34 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 09/29/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1988
Updated 07/19/2022

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Stuart received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Leo | June 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy & Tenacious
Stuart is a very trustworthy attorney. He communicates well and has a passion for his work. If I had to sum up in one word my thoughts on Stuart, it would be “tenacious.” I have enjoyed working with him over the years and would highly recommend him.
Posted by eric | July 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer
I have had the misfortune of engaging attorneys too many times in the last few years. Divorce, employment and business disputes that combined to make my life miserable, each with its own lawyers. Too many of these lawyers simply didn't care, and made an already bad situation much worse. Stuart Melnick is not one of those lawyers. I hired Stuart to help with a filing in commercial litigation in NY that was an offshoot of these messy issues. He was very responsive, clearly explained the arguments to be used in the filing, and very efficient. Combine that with his experience, and you get a lawyer who is truly a catch. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Anthony | October 9, 2022
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CEO
Successfully negotiated global contracts with patent protection. Coordinated cap table and preferred share contracts. Very efficient and well organized. I highly recommend.
Posted by Ben | February 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
excellent attorney
Stuart helped us with a litigation case. He is an excellent attorney, and a great human being as well. He offers wise counsel, and is very efficient, writing professional and complete legal documents, and representing us at the court as well. He is also honest about the the cost breakdowns and the strategic plan. I highly recommend Stuart.
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Posted by Jeff | March 10, 2020
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Extremely Smart, Diligent & Caring
Highest recommendation. Stuart was already aware of extremely complex processes & concepts with regard to electronic trading and understood the nuances of my case from the get-go. Will work with him again should any other issues arise. Excellent lawyer. Honest, very caring and smart.
Posted by Edwin | July 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
My company and I were sued for a considerable sum of money by a former service provider. We retained Stuart and his firm to represent us – and it proved to be one of the best business decisions we ever made. We won the case in the lower court; we also prevailed on appeal. We were thrilled with Stuart’s performance and the results achieved. I would not hesitate to retain Stuart and his firm again and cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Peter | July 14, 2019
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Very Astute and Capable Attorney
Stuart is a very astute and capable attorney who works hard for his clients. He has run point for me and my company on 2 major litigations and, in each case, his representation was successful. Stuart’s also an exceptional negotiator and deal maker, who has handled a number of business transactions for me. He’s methodical and precise in his approach; most of all, he’s got great judgment and delivers results. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Leland | July 1, 2019
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Superb Lawyer
Stuart has acted as my counsel and has represented me and my business for many years. He is a very skilled and talented attorney, with strong business acumen. He's not about process; he's about results and doing that what it takes to achieve them -- cost-effectively and well. He's a dedicated advocate and a class act, but is tough as nails when he needs to be. He suffers no fools and tells it like it is. That sets him apart from so many other attorneys. And, in my experience, he usually gets it right. If you are seeking a lawyer, there's none better that I could recommend.
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Posted by Lizette | June 30, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
My partner and I own an art gallery in lower Manhattan. We’ve worked hard to get to where we are. Stuart has served as our counsel since we started out, almost 8 years ago. During that time, he has handled a wide variety of legal issues for us, and has done so capably and well. Stuart is very responsive, as is his staff, his work product is first-rate and his fees are reasonable. He’s also a pleasure to work with. I strongly recommend Stuart and look forward to continuing to work with him.
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Posted by Roni | June 18, 2019
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Superb Lawyer and Strategist
I engaged Stuart to represent my company in connection with a very substantial and complex business transaction. Stuart’s representation was superb. Not only did we close on target, we did so on terms more favorable than those we initially bargained for. Costs were reasonable and, throughout, Stuart and his team were accessible, responsive and a pleasure to work with. Stuart’s now my “go to” lawyer and I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend him.
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Posted by Steven | June 17, 2019
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Great Attorney
Stuart is detailed, persistent, and knowledgeable. He was successful on behalf of plaintiffs in a recent litigation, and we are waiting on payment of funds. Best attorney I've ever worked with. I strongly recommend him.
Posted by Jack | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Highly Effective Counsel
Stuart is a very knowledgeable lawyer who moves quickly to provide clients with the right services at very fair costs. I engaged Stuart to assist me in connection with a contentious dispute with my former business partner. Not only was he able to achieve a favorable outcome for me, but did so expeditiously and in a cost-effective manner. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lionel | May 23, 2019
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Great Lawyer -- Excellent Results
Stuart has worked long and hard on a very difficult case and has produced excellent results. He has been very reasonable with his fees and keeps me well informed. He is very personable and I have enjoyed my relationship with him. Expecting to wrap up case soon.
Posted by Richard | May 3, 2019
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Great Lawyer - Great Results
In February 2016, I engaged Mr. Melnick and his firm to represent me and my company in connection with the defense of several commercial leasehold disputes. Within a matter of days, and much to our satisfaction, all of these disputes were resolved -- on the most favorable possible terms. Mr. Melnick currently is representing me in connection with other matters, and I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Jack | April 22, 2019
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Exceptional Attorney
I was a named defendant in an action alleging defamation and other misconduct. Prior to my meeting Mr. Melnick, my case was pending for a period of more than 2 years, at considerable cost and expense -- and toward no end. Upon the recommendation of a colleague, I terminated my relationship with former counsel and engaged Mr. Melnick to represent me. Stuart was a breath of fresh air. He immediately went on the offensive and, literally, within a matter of a few months, negotiated a highly favorable settlement on my behalf. And throughout, he was a gentleman and consummate professional. I recommend him highly and without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very personable, knowledgeable and honest
I messaged Mr. Melnick and he reached out to me within hours. During our phone consultation, he presented me with a number of reasonable options that I can explore to help resolve my issue. I appreciated his honesty and respected his opinion.
Posted by Neha A | June 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent and thorough lawyer
I found Stuart in this website rated very highly, I called him to talk about my case and his attention to detail and the legal; direction he pointed me to before even getting hired by me was commendable. He is extremely thorough and does a very good job of handling everything. Would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Kristofer | February 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Asset purchase agreement
Stuart handled the whole negotiation process in a complex asset purchase agreement which was simple, to the point and very well drafted. Comes highly recommended for business transactions.
Posted by Andrea | February 13, 2017
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Exceptional Lawyer
I met Stuart a decade ago -- and he helped me save my business. We've worked together ever since. There's no one else I trust. Not only is Stuart a great lawyer, he's also a great guy. More importantly, he gets results. I recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Louis | February 14, 2016
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An Exceptional Lawyer and A Real Partner
Stuart is an exceptional lawyer with a keen sense of intricacies and genuine interest in clients. I worked with Stuart twice with my current case. Stuart left my previous firm to start his own after drafted and filed the complaint. I was very much impressed with his understanding of the case, given the case was fairly complex and he had only one conversation with me. I contacted Stuart two years later to get a second opinion on the status and strategy of the case. To my surprise he still remembered much of the intricacies of the case. He spent some time to study the documents and called me back with really good advices, which prompted me to decide to hire him as my counsel. The decision was not only based on his professional experience but also the feeling that he had a genuine interest in my actions and treated me as a partner to win the case together.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Offices Stuart L. Melnick, LLC
  • 1994 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Tanner Propp, LLP
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Pryor Cashman LLP
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Phillips Nizer, LLP
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Trinity College
  • MA - Masters
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Official Comittee of Unsecured Creditors v. R.F. Lafferty & Co., Inc., et al. 267 F.3d 373 (3rd Cir. 2001)
  • Prevailed

Associations

  • Association of the Bar of New York City
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Networkl
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Network
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Network
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Temple Law Alumni/ae Moot Court Award
  • Temple University School of Law
  • 1987
  • Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
  • FINRA's Proposed Sweeping Changes to Corporate Financing Rule: What You Must Know
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (0)
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In all my contacts with Stuart he has always exhibited not only a high degree of knowledge and professionalism, but a sense of humor and good nature that betray his generosity and make every experience with him a pleasure as well."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stuart is an experienced, hard working litigator who knows what he's doing."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Stuart has been working long and hard in a securities fraud matter on behalf of a group of defrauded investors. His tenacity, skill and dedication are unparalleled. His logic and writing are excellent. You could not go wrong using Stuart."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Stuart is a consummate professional and a skilled and talented attorney. He recognizes that vigorous representation does not require contentious and unnecessary stridency and works towards achieving realistic solutions for his clients. An excellent lawyer."
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