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.