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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.







Contact info

Melanie Hammer

360 Court St Ste 3
Brooklyn, NY, 11231-4351

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    14 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    14 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    1 year
  4. Sex Crime: 10%
    1 year


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Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Lara Bianchi
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  • Robert Steven Gershon

    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.


    Robert Gershon Criminal defense Attorney
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NYCurrently registered 200303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerMelanie Hammer, Esq.2007 - Present
AssociateWilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP2005 - 2006
Assistant District AttorneyQueens District Attorney's Office2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kings County Criminal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Brooklyn Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Assigned Counsol Planned Advocacy CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
types of casesN/A
Criminal Casesvairious outcomes including dismissals, ACDs, Violations, etc.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Ithaca CollegeSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Bronx High School of ScienceN/AN/A1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
City CounselDefendse of Assigned Counsel Plan2012