Two experienced New York City litigators: Jessica Mastrogiovanni and Larry R. Martinez, have joined Long Island's business law firm, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP (Meltzer Lippe), Jessica Mastrogiovanni as counsel in the Litigation Group and Larry Martinez as an associate in its Labor and Employment Group. Lew Meltzer, managing partner of the Mineola law firm, made the announcement.
Jessica is a formidable litigator with significant success representing individual and business clients in complex civil litigation matters and arbitration, said Meltzer. Her casework has included media-related litigations, non-compete and trade secret litigation and breach of contract, among others. Of Larry Martinez, Meltzer noted, While representing the City of New York and its many agencies, Larry successfully litigated a broad range of employment and civil rights matters. We are pleased to bring Jessica and Larry's expertise to the firm.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Jessica worked at Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm based in Manhattan. While there she represented Fortune 100 and 500 companies, medium-sized businesses and individuals. Clients included a cable network entrepreneur prosecuting breach of contract, fiduciary duty and trade secret misappropriation claims relating to the establishment of a news network in the People's Republic of China; and the successful recovery of $46.5 million from the Victims Compensation Fund for 11 families of employees of Cantor Fitzgerald LP who were victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society at Brooklyn Law, from which she graduated magna cum laude. Jessica is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar and is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She lives in Manhattan.
In his previous position as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Larry Martinez represented the City in its role as the employer of more than 250,000 workers. His litigation experience includes defending claims raised by municipal employees alleging violations of First Amendment rights, discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, the ADA, ADEA and State and City Human Rights Laws. Larry also defended the City in collective actions relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act and claims by individual City employees and unions based on collective bargaining agreements and the Civil Service Law.
Winner of the Corporation Counsel's 2008 Legal Rookie of the Year Award, Larry was also a 2010 nominee for the New York City Bar Association's Municipal Affairs Award. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Albany Law School of Union University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the U.S. District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Larry lives in Islip, NY.
About Meltzer Lippe
Meltzer Lippe, known as Long Island's Business Law Firm, is one of the largest law firms on Long Island. The firm's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate and business law, tax law, employment and labor law, partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures, litigation, real estate, tax-exempt organizations, wills & trusts, estate planning & administration, bankruptcy, construction law, employee benefits and executive compensation and government relations and regulatory affairs. For more information on the firm, visit www.meltzerlippe.com.