As a member of the Littler CaseSmart® team and based in New York, Melissa Holtzer-Jonas is responsible for handling administrative agency charges from investigation to conclusion. She works on client-dedicated service teams, focused on handling charges. 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 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 mock 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 teaches monthly continuing legal education focused on employment law topics.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Hofstra Law School Alumni Association


Nassau County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

The Alphabet Soup of Employee Leave Benefits

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

March 21, 2014


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

Bar Admission

New York


  • 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