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Melody D. Westfall

Real estate Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.8   64 reviews

also known as Melody Scalfone

  • State Years
    Virgin Islands - VI 6 years
    New York - NY 14 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State VI
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Authorized to practice law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melody

Learn Melody’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Business
    40%
    Scalfone Law counsels investors and others on numerous corporate and investment-related legal matters. We offer counsel on a full range of commercial, financial, tax, and regulatory issues that affect their clients’ operations. We provide a wide range of advice in business law.

    14 years

  2. Real estate
    40%
    Scalfone Law PLLC represents developers, investors, and business users in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. We have expertise in: ● Real estate financing; ● Complex real estate transactions; ● Real estate taxation issues; ● Zoning and the regulation of land use; ● Leases; ● Real estate development; ● Residential transactions; and ● Real estate investments.

    14 years

  3. Environmental and natural resources
    20%
    Scalfone Law PLLC regularly assist clients with environmental and land-use matters. This includes: ● Counseling on environmental policies and best practices; ● Compliance with federal and state environmental laws and regulations; ● Environmental permitting; ● Negotiating Consent Orders with federal and state agencies; ● Defending enforcement actions by regulatory agencies; and ● Prosecuting environmental claims for clients

    14 years

Melody Westfall is an esteemed attorney and the driving force behind Westfall Law, where she serves as the CEO and Managing Partner. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and a wealth of experience in real estate, environmental law, and business development, Melody has solidified her reputation as a pre-eminent authority in the legal field, in both New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Background


As a U.S. Navy Veteran, Melody embodies the tenacity and discipline that sets her apart in the legal field; her dedication to her clients, combined with her unparalleled knowledge and resolute advocacy, has propelled Westfall Law to new heights of success.

Melody’s thirst for knowledge led her to complete her B.A. in Government from the University of Maryland, Asian Division, while stationed in Japan. After completing her military service, Melody earned her Law Degree from Syracuse University College of Law, complemented by a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science & Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Her passion for education extends beyond her own achievements, as she developed and instructed a Water Law course for students at her alma mater, and regularly shares her expertise by delivering captivating lectures on environmental issues.

Representative Experience


Melody brings a wealth of experience and expertise in various areas of law to her role as CEO and Managing Partner at Westfall Law. Her comprehensive knowledge and experience in real estate law have made her a pre-eminent authority in the field. She has successfully navigated complex real estate transactions, including, purchases and sales of residential and commercial real estate, residential and commercial leasing, taxation, financing, and investment. Melody has been instrumental in guiding clients through land use regulation, zoning compliance, and every stage of the site acquisition process. Her understanding of environmental law and regulations makes her uniquely capable of addressing the environmental aspects of real estate matters effectively.

In addition to her real estate prowess, Melody is well-versed in environmental law. She has a strong track record of ensuring local, state, and federal regulatory compliance for her clients. Melody has successfully defended clients against regulatory enforcement actions and skillfully negotiated consent orders. She has provided strategic counsel on zoning matters, use variances, special permits, and property tax issues. Melody’s experience includes the preparation of easements, including conservation easements, and she has litigated cases involving wetlands, floodplains, renewable energy projects, and solar development.

Melody is consistently involved in community development and business management and development initiatives. She has assisted clients in forming new businesses and provided guidance on business management, reorganization, and restructuring. Melody has played a key role in strategic development, helping businesses navigate complex challenges and seize opportunities for growth.

Interests


Melody’s dedication extends beyond the courtroom. In her free time, she loves exploring the world through travel, seeking new adventures and experiences. A fierce competitor on and off the court, Melody finds joy in playing tennis, exercising, and practicing yoga. When she’s not advocating for her clients or hitting the court, Melody channels her creativity into preparing restaurant-quality, multi-course meals, delighting both herself and those fortunate enough to savor her culinary creations.

Melody Westfall’s magnetic presence and unparalleled determination make her an exceptional leader and advocate. With her at the helm, Westfall Law continues to redefine excellence as a full service law-firm. Prepare to be captivated by Melody’s unwavering passion, as she fearlessly fights for her clients and spearheads innovation within the legal industry.

 

Location

Westfall Law PLLC
238 W Division St
Syracuse, NY, 13204
Westfall Law PLLC
5032 Anchor Way
Suite 8
Christiansted, VI, 00820
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  64 customer reviews
Posted by Gustavo Woltmann | October 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Dedicated
Melody assisted us with a real estate purchase, and I was pleasantly surprised by her warm and approachable demeanor. Throughout the process, she remained incredibly accessible and personable. When we encountered a minor issue during the closing, Melody ensured we felt at ease, guiding us confidently through the necessary steps. I highly recommend her services!
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable Attorney
We hired attorney Westfall to represent us in the closing of our property. Although I lived in another country with Ms. Westfall, she represented my husband at the closing, and was prompt and expeditious in carrying out this duty. She kept us abreast with development from the Buyer's attorney, and all the events that occurred to prior to the preparation of closing. Being a reliable person, I would recommend her to anyone who needs an attorney because of her consistently lofty qualities and performances.
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Posted by Charles | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Melody helped us in a real estate purchase and I was surprised at how personable and accessible that she was. We had a little wrinkle right at the closing and she made us feel very comfortable about our next steps. Highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Closing on Condo
We found Melody very professional and personable. She answered all our questions during the closing and our follow up questions that came up later.
Posted by Dan | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and responsive
Melody Westfall oversaw a real-estate transaction for us. She was thorough and responded quickly to all our questions and concerns.
Posted by Kyle | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Invaluable
Melody and her team has been an invaluable asset to opening my restaurant. They have helped me navigate every aspect of our business. I cannot speak highly enough of Scalfone Law!
Posted by Niren | October 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great services!
We have been using this firm since 2016. And it’s been great working with all staff. Experienced and well knowledgable! I highly recommend this firm! Thanks
Posted by JOHN | June 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar Attorney
Melody is the best. Her firm is very busy but she and her legal staff always make time to answer your questions and all issues are handled immediately. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable 5 star experience everytime
Posted by Colleen | January 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney EVER
I could not be any happier with this law firm. I worked with Courtney Knittel. She was very responsive to my calls & emails at all times. And let me tell you, there were a LOT. She was very informative & personable & patient. I very much enjoyed working with her & have already given a referral to a family member.
Posted by Adam | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Syracuse
I have used many attorneys in my lifetime for different needs. And I have to say that Scalfone Law firm is by far the most professional and efficient team I have ever worked with. Melody W. and her staff (specially Courtney K.) are very responsive, always prompt, and they keep you updated to the minute. They get things done faster, better, more efficiently, and most importantly with a lots of smiles. If you want an attorney you can trust and know with confidence that things will get done, then this is the law firm you want on your side. I am very pleased with this law firm and very highly recommend them.
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Posted by Carol | November 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent staff, service, helpful, caring
I contracted with Ms. Westfall to represent me during my divorce. Her and her office staff were exceptionally helpful. They stayed in touch with me, explained proceedings that I had questions about. Patient and understanding. This office should be recommended to anyone going through difficult legal situations. I cannot say enough things about this particular group of people.
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Posted by Meriah | November 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help with selling one house and purchasing another
The law team at Scalfone Law is second to none. They handled my unique real estate transactions with tenacity. The different team members were always available for questions and responded promptly. I had tax/financial questions and there was a lawyer on her staff who specializes in that field. He took time to speak with me and walk me through items I did not understand. I walked into their office unannounced several times and was always greeted with a smile and met with quickly. Courtney deserves special recognition for her extra hard work during this difficult process. Thank you so much Melody and your team! I would absolutely recommend Melody Westfall and the Scalfone Law office.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Melody D. Westfall
Melody was very personable and provided me with great information and guidance on a real estate situation that I had. Melody also involved Todd Spangler when my questions turned to tax issues. Todd was also great in providing me with tax guidance and in answering my questions.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast
Her office made sure we had clarity in what we were doing and what we were signing. The process was fast and met my expectations.
Posted by Tanya | November 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sold my house
They were professional yet down to earth and made it fast and seemless....i was very impressed. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High Quality Professional
She was extremely prompt and explicit in directions concerning an uncontested divorce. They were caring and compassionate to my wishes in the matter. The firm was always available to contact and the secretary and paralegal that I worked with were extremely thorough and detailed and were open to answering any/all questions I had. I would HIGHLY recommend this firm for any legal matter due to their high quality professionalism and prompt turnaround time.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great personable lawyer
Along with being professional, she pays attention to the needs of the client. She understands what needs to be done and when it needs to be done and follow through with her entire crew. Have no complaints whatsoever.
Posted by Carol | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I could not of ask for a better lawyer!
Melody represented me in a legal matter. Her attention to details and overall legal abilities were outstanding. If you are looking to retain one of the best attorneys in Syracuse, I highly recommend and endorse Melody.
Posted by Alice | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive, tech-savvy
Melody and her staff were very responsive to our questions and concerns, and comunicated with us regularly through email and phone.
Posted by Venkat | April 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Contract agreement
Excellent understanding, looking out interest for the client
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Westfall Law PLLC
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2012
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Maryland
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ithaca College
  • Estate Planning/Wills & Trusts
  • 2017
  • Land Use Training re: Commercial Solar Arrays
  • Isssues that should be included in a lease before it is signed by a property owner
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (3)
Endorse Melody
Business Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Melody has mentored me throughout my time at Westfall Law, and is one of the best legal minds in the Syracuse area. She also is one of the most prominent attorneys located in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you need an attorney, Melody should be your top choice"
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Westfall was and remains my mentor and go to contact person for any environmental law or real estate issues. She's diligent, detail oriented, and always keeps the client's best interest in mind. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
Business Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Melody is an effective and energetic advocate and advisor for her clients. Her business clients are able to get started, expand, or overcome hurdles with her reliable and effective representation."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Melody on a variety of different matters, and she is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. She is client-focused and a very effective advocate. Clients can count on her to be reliable, honest, and dedicated to protecting their best interests. I recommend her without hesitation to anyone seeking a trustworthy and exceptional lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Westfall is bright and highly competent - a first-rate lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am happy to endorse Melody. I always fird her to be well prepared, organized and highly efficient. In addition to her high level of competency she is a pleasure to work with."
Business Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melody is the consummate professional. she is passionate about her profession and zealous in her representation of her clients. I am happy and honored to call her "colleague" and friend."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. She was totally professional, smart and very well organized."
Business Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse tMelody as one of those rare business lawyers who understands that business comes first. Her advice and counsel to her clients always recognizes the fact that she is there to assist them in achieving their goals, not vice versa. David Reed, President' Reed CNY Business Law, P.C."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Melody for several years and it has been a pleasure to work with her on several matters. She serves her clients very well and obtains great results with hard work and high integrity."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Melody. I have worked with Melody and I have been on the other side of legal matters she has handled as well. Melody is very intelligent and represents her client's interests zealously. She is a pleasure to work with!"
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Melody Scalfone on a number of matters over the years. She is bright, dedicated and extremely hard working. I heartily endorse her for anyone looking for a am environmental litigator."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Syracuse Real estate Lawyer Melody D. Westfall
Melody D. Westfall
Real estate Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 14 years