Hailing from a family of medical professionals, Melissa Goldberg, Esq. always knew she wanted to be either a doctor or a lawyer. Today, she gets to pursue her passion for the law while also expanding her knowledge of the medical world as she practices medical malpractice, personal injury, and appellate law with the firm Gabriele Marano LLP in Garden City, New York. She joined the firm in 2011 after graduating from Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review, becoming a partner before the age of 35. Over a decade later, her passion for representing doctors, nurses, health care facilities, nursing homes, and other health care providers in New York remains unabated, as she handles cases from inception to appeal, focusing on litigation strategy and appellate practice. “Writing appellate briefs is the perfect melding of my two passions, medicine and law, because you have to do the analysis and the research,” she says. Known for their innovative legal strategies, Gabriele Marano’s appellate department has handled and won a number of high-profile cases and is often called on to evaluate complex cases.
Melissa is an invaluable asset to the firm, not just for her deep legal knowledge, but for the tenacity that’s seen her push forward in her cases for a win, even in tough situations. “It’s very difficult to get a summary judgment overturned, but I’ve achieved it on appeal just by knowing the law and not giving up,” she says. Her analytical turn of mind also helps her plot her strategy for motion practice to ensure the best results for her clients. “My firm and I think like a game of chess, always 10 steps ahead of our opponents,” she explains. That planning helps Melissa get the just results she loves the most. “I like working with people I respect and admire. What drives me is doing the right thing and doing the best job that I possibly can, and always moving forward and learning and getting better.”