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Our firm has a long history of legal innovation. As leaders in our field, we know what it takes to overcome challenges and move an industry forward. From our start in appellate law to our evolving robust litigation practice, we maintained our high standard of client service and superior representation.
When you have a legal concern, we find creative paths to resolution. We care about your objectives and we have a proven history of getting clients exceptional results.

When you have pressing legal needs, you require the careful approach of experienced attorneys. At Melito & Adolfsen P.C., we are proud of our accessibility. When you call our firm, you talk to a lawyer and a lawyer returns your phone calls. We are never too important to talk to clients directly.

Service to our clients is paramount. We value our relationships and we strive to meet client expectations. We will always maintain our high level of service and dedication to our clients.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Business, Commercial & Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
    • Professional Liability
    • Casualty And Other Liability Defense
    • Defending the Two Most Common Nursing Home Injuries
    • Nursing Home Liability
    • Common Issues In Nursing Homes – In Detail
  • Insurance Defense
  • International Practice
    • Federal Government Audits of International Businesses
  • Arbitration

Call 212-238-8900 to arrange your consultation.

Attorney Louis G. Adolfsen

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1975
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Education:

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: cum laude
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • B.A. - 1971

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers (Personal Injury - General)

Attorney Steven I. Lewbel

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1992
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education:

  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Queens College
    • B.A. - 1989

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Attorney Ignatius John Melito

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Fordham University
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage)

Attorney John H. Somoza

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Education:

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. - 1979
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Biology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Attorney Robert D. Ely

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Education:

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Lewis & Clark College
    • B.A. - 1984

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • AV Rated

Attorney Michael F. Panayotou

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2014

Education:

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Union College
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Classics, with a focus on Ancient Greek language and history
    • Minor: Philosophy

Attorney Kira Tsiring

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York

Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Hunter College
    • B.A. - 2004

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Russian

Attorney Rania Shoukier

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2010

Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • Masters in International and Trade Business Law
  • Netanya Law School, Netanya
    • LL.B.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Arabic

Attorney S. Dwight Stephens

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1986
  • Connecticut, 1986
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Education:

  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Dickinson College
    • B.A. - 1975

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Defense Research Institute (Insurance Law and Appellate Advocacy Committees)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage)

Attorney Majdi K. Sweis

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 2018
  • Illinois, 2013

Education:

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Honors: First Place, American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Honors: Award for Excellence in Oral Argument
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Highest Distinction Awards
    • Honors: Alumni Association Student Leadership Award
    • Honors: President of the Pre-Law Society
    • Honors: Outstanding Attorney Awards, American Mock Trial Association
    • Major: English Literature and Psychology

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Arabic

Office Locations

Jersey City Office
2500 Harborside Financial Center
Plaza 5
Jersey City, NJ 07311
New York Office
233 Broadway
Suite 1010
New York, NY 10279

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