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Melissa N. Subjeck

Partner, Litigation Practice; Agriculture and Equine Practices Leader
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York

B.A., summa cum laude, Canisius College

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

Melissa is an experienced and dedicated business litigator. She represents prominent national corporations in complex contract, employment, and business disputes, as well as accounting and legal malpractice matters. She has extensive experience in jury and bench trials and was a vital part of the Hodgson Russ team that secured a no-cause verdict for one of the world's largest insurance companies, saving her client $100 million in potential damage.

Melissa's litigation experience extends to intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property matters in diverse areas, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and genetic testing.

A significant part of Melissa's practice also focuses on non-compete litigation. She has prosecuted and defended these cases across New York State and elsewhere.

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 the equine industry combined with her experience in contract and litigation matters makes her particularly adept at protecting the diverse legal needs of 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 horse-related contracts. 


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2018
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty award, 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers' Top 40 Under Forty
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2014
  • West Seneca Central School District 2008 Alumni of Distinction
  • Former note and comment editor, Buffalo Law Review 



Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • SPCA Serving Erie County board of directors, co-chair of legislative committee, and governance committee

  • Former National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York board of directors and co-chair of the Dash for Diversity Committee
  • Former Roswell Park Cancer Institute All-Star Night Committee
  • Former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation Event Planning Committee
  • University at Buffalo School of Law mentoring program
  • United States Equestrian Federation, member
  • Arabian Horse Association of New York, member