Overview

As a member of the Littler CaseSmart® team and based in New York, Melissa Holtzer-Jonas is responsible for supervising a client-dedicated service team that focuses on handling administrative agency charges, ensuring the team provides excellent legal work in keeping with client expectations. In addition, Melissa is responsible for handling administrative agency charges from investigation to conclusion. She investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, Melissa defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information and/or pursues resolution of the charge through formal or informal settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining Littler, Melissa represented school districts and municipalities in employment and civil rights litigation, with a stellar trial record, in state and federal courts. Melissa also handled charges pending before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Education, and the New York Department of Labor. She acted as special counsel to employers, conducted internal investigations, counseled on employment issues, and assisted individuals negotiating employment disputes with their employers.

Melissa has served as a judge for the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition for law students in addition to law student competitions held at Hofstra University School of Law and St. Johns University School of Law. She has taught monthly continuing legal education focused on employment law topics. Melissa has also performed pro bono work for Angels for Warriors and We the Action and has served as a volunteer mentor for law students. She is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance’s Education Working Group, and serves as a Co-Chair for that Working Group’s State Law and Policy subcommittee.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Hofstra Law School Alumni Association

Member

Nassau County Bar Association

Member

Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, Education Working Group

News, Analysis & Press

Need Career Counseling? Better Call Saul

Nassau Lawyer, Volume 69, No. 11

July/August 2020

Speaking Engagements

Successful Strategies for Working Remotely

Nassau County Bar Association Women in Law Committee

December 9, 2020

The Alphabet Soup of Employee Leave Benefits

New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, Melville, NY

March 21, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 2005
  • B.A., Binghamton University, 2002

Bar Admission

New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York