Melissa is the firm's Equine Practice and Agriculture Practice Leader, and an experienced and dedicated business litigator. She represents prominent national corporations in complex contract, intellectual property, banking, employment, and business disputes, as well as professional malpractice matters. Melissa’s extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes.  Melissa also represents banks and financial institutions in class action and complex civil litigations, including matters involving allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as those implicating their BSA/AML programs.  In addition, as a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Litigation and Employment Action Team, Melissa regularly represents and counsels suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and vendors on a variety of contract and supply chain disputes, including force majeure.

She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in diverse areas, including the financial, aerospace, pharmaceutical, medical, dental, and genetic testing industries.  She has prosecuted and defended these cases across New York State and elsewhere, frequently obtaining or opposing applications for preliminary injunctive relief.

In addition to general business and intellectual property litigation, Melissa—an owner, breeder, and experienced rider of several national champion Arabian and Half-Arabian horses—is also well versed in and uniquely positioned to practice equine and agriculture law. Melissa’s knowledge of these industries, combined with her experience in contract and litigation matters, makes her particularly adept at protecting the diverse legal needs of agricultural operations and horse owners, breeders, trainers, and equestrian facilities. Melissa represents clients in a broad range of matters, including those related to equine and agriculture litigation, dispute resolution, and industry specific contracts. 

Education

Canisius College, B.A., summa cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Claims

Recognitions

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Gaming Law; Cannabis Law; and Commercial Litigation) 2020 - 2024
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) 2013 - 2023
  • Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under Forty award, 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under Forty
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2014

News & Insights

Professional

  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Co-Chair of Intellectual Property, Computer, and Entertainment Law Committee, Bar Association of Erie County

Multimedia & Podcasts

Podcasts

  • Trade Secrets Theft and Your Dirty Laundry

    Trade secrets represent an astronomical amount of the intellectual property in the semiconductor industry. But how do you protect these trade secrets and keep them safe? And what happens when you detect that your trade secrets may not be secure? Nathaniel Lucek and Elizabeth Morris are joined by Melissa Subjeck and Lura Bechtel from Hodgson Russ LLP to discuss trade secret protection and options to detect theft. They also explain what happens during an investigation for trade secret theft – including examples of the dirty laundry that can come out during an investigation.

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Melissa N. Subjeck / News & Insights