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My legal practice encompasses all aspects of construction litigation. I represent owners, architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors in the design and construction process. I draft and negotiate design and construction agreements, as well as license (access) agreements. I litigate multi-party contract disputes and defective design and construction claims. I have extensive experience in the resolution of construction disputes, both prior to and during litigation and alternate dispute resolution, and in counseling clients regarding all legal aspects of their businesses. 


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 50%
    16 years
  2. Contracts: 50%
    16 years

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  • Vincent Thomas Pallaci

    In a complex multi party defective design and construction claim Melissa always forced me to stay on my toes and to be prepared to address the factual and legal issues that repeatedly came up during the case. Her advoacy on behalf of her client was top notch.


    Vincent Pallaci Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP

250 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10177


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerIngram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Center for Architecture FoundationBoard Member2011 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
New York Real Estate Journal"The Building Next Door: Establishing Good Relations Between Neighbors"2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
State University of New York at BuffaloN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Center for ArchitectureA Practical, Non-Textbook Guide to Contractual Negotiations2016
Center for ArchitectureA Practical, Non-Textbook Guide to Contractual Negotiations2015
Center for ArchitectureLaw x Disciplinarity2015
Center for Architecture FoundationWhat to Expect When You're Renovating2014
Center for Architecture FoundationWhat to Expect When You're Renovating2013