Melissa R. Cefalu, Esq.
Melissa R. Cefalu concentrates her practice on matrimonial matters, and has experience representing clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including:
- Distribution of property
- Custody and visitation
- Matrimonial Agreements (prenuptial, postnuptial, and separation agreements)
Melissa commenced her career as a corporate attorney specializing in investments and securities where she worked as counsel for some of the largest asset managers in the world. This knowledge serves her well in all aspects of her practice, from drafting and negotiating matrimonial agreements, structuring the distribution of complex financial assets and investments, and her ability to effectively advocate on behalf of her clients in mediations, dispute resolutions, and court.
Melissa was born and raised in New York City and attended St. John’s University where she applied for and was accepted into the university’s joint-degree program, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy. Subsequently, Melissa applied and was accepted into Hofstra University’s School of Law’s joint-degree program, receiving a J.D. in Law and M.B.A. in finance. While in law school, Melissa served as a member of the Hofstra Law Review and as President and Editor-in-Chief of Hofstra Law’s Moot Court Board.
Some of Melissa’s current recreational interests include snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, golf, yoga, travel, playing piano, reading, fashion, visiting museums and art galleries.
Super Lawyers – New York Metro Rising Stars, 2021; 2022
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2021; 2022
Top Women Attorneys in The New York Metro Area – Thomson Reuters, 2022
Avvo Client’s Choice, 2021