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Melissa B. Zoldan-Leite
mzoldan-leite@sszl-law.com
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Admitted to the New York Bar (1998)
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar (1997)
Admitted to the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (2000)

Education: 
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (B.A., 1993)
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, NY (J.D., 1997)

Member:
New York State Bar Association
Cambridge Who’s Who of Professionals-Executive Professional of the Year 2008-2009-Legal Services
DRI - The Voice of Defense Bar
National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW)

Melissa B. Zoldan-Leite has practiced in the defense of various negligence claims, including medical and nursing malpractice in both New York and New Jersey. Ms. Zoldan-Leite was most recently the managing attorney at her prior firm. Ms. Zoldan-Leite has lectured and conducted Legal seminars for health care professionals to improve and assure quality assurance in Nursing Homes and Long Term Skilled Nursing facilities as well as how to assist in the defense of lawsuits. She has also conducted seminars for attorneys for continuing education credit. Ms. Zoldan-Leite specializes in the defense of long term health care, Medical Malpractice, premises liability and Director and Officer Malpractice, broker and professional malpractice. Ms. Zoldan-Leite also has experience in Real Estate closings and has defended misdemeanor offenses in criminal court and traffic violations in the five boroughs of New York, as well as counties north and east of New York. 

Ms. Zoldan-Leite has Appellate experience having argued cases in the Appellate Division First and Second Departments.  Ms. Zoldan-Leite has implemented and supervised law firm quality assurance programs for insurance carriers to ensure swift and efficient administration and adjustment of claims.  Ms. Zoldan-Leite has engaged in all aspects of litigation discovery including service and drafting of Interrogatories, Notices to Admit and other paper discovery, conducting and defending numerous depositions, drafting and arguing motions and appeals, formulating litigation strategies, maintaining extensive client contact, attending court mandated conferences, negotiating favorable settlements for high exposure claims and effectuating constructive resolution of cases with institutional and individuals clients as well as insurance carriers.

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