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Melanie Hammer

Criminal defense Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

4.4   7 reviews

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Melanie Hammer, Criminal Defense Attorney

I am a Native New Yorker, and as such, I have seen injustice my whole life. I became dedicated to getting justice for those wrongfully accused and in need of a strong advocate.  This dedication to getting justice is why I became a lawyer.  I attended Brooklyn Law School full time during the day while working evenings and weekends at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.  This is the work ethic I still bring to my cases.


After I received my Law Degree, I was appointed to be an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney's Office. During my tenure as a prosecutor I honed my trial skills and handled thousands of criminal cases.  I worked in the felony trial bureau, misdemeanor trial bureau, intake bureau, and supervised arraignments.


My dedication to justice led me to establish my own criminal defense practice in 2008. I have handled hundreds of cases including DUI/DWI, Assaults, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Harassment.






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Licensed for 19 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2003
Updated 06/05/2022

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Melanie Hammer
360 Court St Suite 3
Brooklyn, NY, 11231


4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by RESH | September 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Authentic and supportive
Melanie was quick to review, support and apply for disposition per requirement where other lawyers even failed to take time to understand the situation. Reasably priced she took her personal time to follow up on our behalf. Working with her from overseas (dubai) she was patient, considerate and we got our formalities done. Kudos. Gracias. We sincerely appreciate her effort.
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Posted by Kamarri | February 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My experience with Melanie
Working with Melanie was great! She was very professional, genuine, gregarious and most importantly, helpful. I highly recommend her.
Response from Melanie Hammer February 17, 2017
It was great working with you. Feel free to contact me for any legal concern going forward. I am glad we were able to get your case dismissed and sealed.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Melanie's dedication of her clients in amazing. She is on point and on your side. I am so grateful to her for her help with my case. Melanie you are truly the best!
Response from Melanie Hammer February 20, 2016
Posted by Sandra | February 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Communicator
I consulted Melanie when a family member was arrested. Melanie has an excellent knowledge of the law and the legal system. She works quickly, returns calls promptly, provided us with important information, and helped us get a favorable outcome. In the end, charges were not filed, and we did not have to formally hire Melanie. She will be my first phone call if I need legal representation again.
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Response from Melanie Hammer February 16, 2016
Thanks. I enjoyed working with you too.
Posted by Debbie | October 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Melanie Hammer
I have known Melanie Hammer since 2008 when I hired her to represent my son. I was referred to Melanie by another well respected attorney who spoke very highly of her and assured me, that my son would be in good hands, with Melanie as his attorney. To say he was correct, is an understatement. I was impressed with her at our first meeting, as I could see she was smart, knew the law and was committed to providing her client with the best defense possible. Melanie is very easy to talk to and genuinely cared not only about my son, but also how the case and its outcome impacted the rest of our family. I immediately felt confident that she was someone we could trust to provide him with sound legal counsel, while always having his best interest in mind. I have had the opportunity to hire Melanie several times over the past 7 years and have always been more than satisfied with the service she provided. I highly recommend Melanie Hammer to anyone who is in need of an extraordinary attorney. She is one of the best attorneys out there, and I would hire her again without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Former client
Ms. Hammer was incredibly helpful, courteous, and really cared about helping me. I would hire her again in a second (hopefully I won't need to).
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was very disappointed.
I hired Melanie in 2010 to defend a simple speeding ticket. I had no other offenses, and no points on my license. Melanie's efforts yielded no reduction in points, nor any reduction in fees. EXACTLY the same result I would have achieved if I had kept the $1,000 I wasted on Melanie's fee & pleaded guilty. I have no idea what she did to inspire the judge to be so unyielding, and Melanie refused to give me any account of the trial. There are no guarantees in court, but she behaved in what I consider to be a highly unprofessional manner afterwards, refusing to talk to me and denying that she was a recent grad with little experience. I regret hiring her, and hopefully she has learned her craft better by now, but I'd advise against hiring her for anything important.
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Response from Melanie Hammer May 1, 2017
I am very sorry that you were dissatisfied. I am always available (even now) to speak 718--757-7677 regarding your case. My clients all have my cell phone number. I graduated law school in 2002 so if you hired me in 2010 I had been an attorney for eight years, I was not a recent law school graduate at the time you hired me. Please contact me so that we can speak further regarding your case.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Melanie Hammer, Esq.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Queens District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2005


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Ithaca College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • types of cases
  • Criminal Cases
  • vairious outcomes including dismissals, ACDs, Violations, etc.


  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Assigned Counsol Planned Advocacy Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016


Speaking Engagements

  • City Counsel
  • Defendse of Assigned Counsel Plan
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. She is well liked by her clients and is respected by judges and ADAs. She is an excellent communicator and is diligent and hardworking."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. She is highly regarded in her field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melanie is a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate criminal defense and civil rights attorney. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Melanie Hammer professionally for over a decade. Ms. Hammer is an outstanding attorney who works tirelessly for her clients. She knows the law and is well respected by the Judiciary, her adversaries and the court staff. I trust her instincts and have consulted with her on many occasions. When I refer cases to her I am comforted by the knowledge that the matter will be given her most serious attention. I recommend her without any reservations whatsoever."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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