MELISSA B. SCHLACTUS, ESQ. received her B.A. in psychology (magna cum laude), from Binghamton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Touro Law Center. While in law school, she served as the Issue Editor of the Touro Law Review. Ms. Schlactus authored two published articles in 2010 examining the cases, Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corp., and People v. Davis. These articles explored the issues of eminent domain and due process which recently arose in two influential decisions.
Ms. Schlactus interned for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and for the Honorable Leonard D. Wexler of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY. Following graduation, she completed a post-graduate fellowship with the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, working for the Honorable Leonard B. Austin. Prior to joining Taylor, Eldridge & Endres, Ms. Schlactus practiced mortgage default litigation, where she represented major financial institutions in foreclosure proceedings. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Long Island Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI). Ms. Schlactus is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey.
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