JEFF MELCER - MANAGING PARTNER
Jeffrey Melcer is a founding member of Melcer Newman PLLC and manages the plaintiffs litigation practice. He previously managed his own firm for seven years prior to forming Melcer Newman. Mr. Melcer is an experienced and aggressive trial attorney who has been trying cases on behalf of those seriously injured for more than 20 years. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Melcer currently specializes in construction, motor vehicle, medical malpractice, municipal and premises liability cases but also has extensive prior experience in many other types of litigation such as civil rights, property damage, commercial disputes, landlord and tenant proceedings. Over his long career he has taken over 100 cases to trial and achieved a exceptionally high rate of success in all areas of personal injury litigation. Mr. Melcer has personally resolved highly complex injury cases where multi-million dollar awards were at stake. Mr. Melcer’s extensive experience in complex personal injury matters assures he can find the way forward on any case when others cannot. Mr. Melcer believes in listening to his clients, understanding their needs and their cases and aggressively advocating on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Melcer specializes in assuming cases that have stalled and making them viable again with novel and innovative legal strategies. In addition, Mr. Melcer has extensive experience in minimizing claims for reimbursement from state, city and federal agencies so he can always maximize his clients’ recovery amounts.
“I take pride in handing every case in my office with the utmost intensity, determination and dedication possible. I believe that every client of Melcer Newman, no matter who they are, deserves our best efforts every day and that they also deserve the best chance to succeed on their matter. It’s our combination of experience in every aspect of civil litigation that sets us apart from other civil litigation firms. You can rest assured that your case will be handled well when you retain Melcer Newman.”
Jon Newman is the Managing Partner of Melcer Newman PLLC’s defense litigation practice. Mr. Newman, a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and has built a reputation as a top-flight trial attorney. Mr. Newman's Trial and Appellate practice focuses on Labor Law and construction injury litigation, insurance coverage disputes, general liability including premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and municipal law. Mr Newman's law practice defends owners, general contractors, construction managers and subcontractors in complex construction and New York State Labor Law injury litigation, coverage disputes and at trial. Mr. Newman serves as Counsel for a national broadcasting and entertainment corporation handling personal injury claims brought against it, and he also has extensive trial experience in complex premises liability defense litigation and in representing municipalities and rapid transit and commuter railroad clients. Moreover, he is experienced in defending doctors, hospitals, dentists, podiatrists and other health professionals in cases alleging malpractice and negligence.
JON NEWMAN - MANAGING PARTNER
Mr. Newman has presented trial practice seminars and lectures for the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Trial training program, and from 2007-2010, Mr. Newman presented his Labor Law Update seminar to the New York City Transit Authority’s in-house attorneys. Over his legal career, he has also conducted numerous client seminars and in-house seminars covering issues including NYS Labor Law and construction litigation, coverage, trial practice, discovery, depositions, and legal/medical issues. Mr. Newman's keen intellect, ease in the Courtroom, and ability to think quickly on his feet all add up to successful verdicts and settlements for his clients. Mr. Newman serves as trial counsel for major nationwide corporations and insurance companies, both primary and excess.
In 2018, Mr. Newman was honored by Super Lawyers using its patented multiphase selection process, where peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Across the United States, only the top five percent of each state's attorneys are selected to SuperLawyers.
Mr. Newman has also been honored in 2018 as a Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, and is a Member, Diversity Law Institute and Member, Trial Law Institute.
GREGORY BAKOS - ASSOCIATE
Gregory P. Bakos graduated from Northeastern University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 2010. Greg then attended New England Law | Boston on a full academic scholarship, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2015. During his time in law school, Greg worked in several legal clinics and internships gaining valuable experience in several areas of law with a focus on New York civil litigation practice.
Prior to joining Melcer Newman in February of 2018, Greg began his legal career as an associate attorney in a general practice law firm in Suffolk County, New York where he gained valuable exposure to many different areas of law. As a former general practice associate, Greg has civil litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, so he is able to effectively represent our clients with an understanding of both sides of litigation practice. Greg has experience successfully advocating for clients through all stages of litigation from inception through trial. Greg is admitted to practice in New York State and the United State District Court of the Eastern District.
Fabio Gomez graduated from the University of California, Riverside where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics in 2006. Fabio graduated cum laude from New York Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2013. Throughout Fabio’s time in law school, he worked in several legal clinics gaining invaluable experience in several areas of law.
As an attorney, Fabio began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. There, he prosecuted various crimes including Sexual Assault, Rape, Robbery, Burglary, Assault, Firearm possession, Narcotics possession, and Driving While Intoxicated. During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Fabio gained valuable courtroom experience as he tried multiple cases to verdict and conducted numerous hearings. Following the District Attorney’s office, Fabio worked as a Medical Malpractice Associate, gaining experience in defending doctors, hospitals, and other health professionals in cases alleging malpractice and negligence.