Melissa Ginsberg is Counsel in the Firm's Litigation department, where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She is a Co-Chair of the ABA’s International Criminal Committee. Ms. Ginsberg shares the Firm’s commitment to pro bono representation and has been recognized for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by The Legal Aid Society of New York. She was recognized as a Rising Star in the New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers from 2015-2018. Prior to joining the Firm, she served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Anita B. Brody, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

Complex Commercial Litigation
Representation of financial guaranty insurers in breach of contract and fraud actions concerning mortgage-backed securities.

Represented financial guaranty insurer against unfair-pricing claims relating to the guaranty of municipal bonds.

White Collar Defense and Investigations
Defense of not-for-profit foundation in connection with civil asset forfeiture proceedings in which the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to forfeit assets valued at more than $300 million.

Representation of individuals in connection with an industry-wide investigation into alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark rates.

Representation of individual in connection with investigations conducted by Congress and the Department of Justice concerning an automotive recall.

Investigation on behalf of an international media company in connection with alleged improprieties in its performance and billing of a U.S. government contract to provide services.

Pro Bono
Successfully briefed and argued appeal before Administrative Law Judge following Social Security Administration denial of benefits to severely disabled individual.

Represented defendants in criminal appeals in federal and state courts.

Represented putative class of Medicaid patients in class action lawsuit against New York State and multiple private defendants arising from defendants’ failure to provide class members with due process rights before reducing or terminating their Medicaid-funded Certified Home Health services; negotiated settlements providing the putative class with additional protections.

Represented a pre-trial detainee housed in a City-run correctional facility in connection with violations of due process rights; negotiated settlement securing monetary redress.


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: Member, American Bar Association (Co-Chair, International Criminal Committee; Past Co-Chair, International Mediation Committee)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Presenter, "The Global Witness: Managing Legal Ethics and Other Challenges in Preparing for Testimony in an Interconnected World," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting (April 18, 2018); Presenter, "The World’s Policeman? Developments in the Global Reach of U.S. Criminal Law," ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting (October 25, 2017); Presenter, "Annual Post-Conviction Capital Defense Training Program," New York City Bar Association CLE Program (July 25, 2017); Moderator, “Crimes Without Borders: Increasing Cooperation in White Collar Enforcement,” ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting (October 2015); Presenter, “Criminal Antitrust Update,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law: Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee Webcast (July 25, 2014)


  • Contributor to
  • Co-Author, "Inside Kavanaugh’s Merger Challenge Dissents," Law360 (July 13, 2018)
  • Co-Author, "The Use of Expert Witnesses for Penalty Determinations in Criminal Antitrust Cases: A Study of United States v. AU Optronics," Antitrust Magazine, Summer 2014, Vol. 28, No. 3, American Bar Association