Melissa Salsano is senior counsel and an engineer who practices in the commercial litigation practice in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office. Her primary areas of focus include complex commercial litigation and construction law on behalf of contractors on public and private projects, including delay and extra work disputes, engineer and architect liability suits, contract development and negotiations, and business counseling during project pursuit and performance.
“The counsel we provide often contributes to how various strategic business decisions are made for our clients. It is not all about legal representation. It’s also about providing sound business advice.”
Having earned her degree in civil engineering, she offers her clients first-hand knowledge of the field and confronts their legal matters with a consistently practical, forward-thinking approach. Melissa works closely with clients to develop practical strategies for resolving their legal matters effectively and efficiently. She has successfully handled numerous construction-related disputes in litigation and in alternative dispute forums.
Melissa is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. She received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2014, where she served as Senior Notes and Comments Editor of a law journal. She graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a B.S., magna cum laude, in CivilEngineering in 2011, and has received the designation from the National Counsel of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying as an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.).
While at NJIT, Melissa worked on a research project engaged by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to develop a new scour prediction model specifically tailored to New Jersey’s hydraulic conditions and geotechnicallandscape. Throughout her tenure on the research project, she conducted site investigations of bridges throughout the New Jersey area to test the model. The new model is intended to reduce maintenance costs of bridges while improving public safety.
Following law school, before joining P&A, Melissa served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Yolanda Ciccone, A.J.S.C.,New Jersey Superior Court in Somerville, and gained an understanding of the court system that helps guide her work.
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New Jersey Institute of Technology, B.S.
Rutgers University School of Law, J. D.
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