Melissa H. Nafash is Of Counsel in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP and a member of the Firm’s Arbitration Practice. Melissa's extensive practice focuses on representing individuals denied access to the courts due to mandatory forced arbitration.
Highly regarded in her practice, Melissa was awarded Super Lawyers’ Rising Star Award, National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 Award, the New York Metro Area Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the New York Metro Area Top Young Women Attorneys Award.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Melissa was a Senior Attorney at The Lanier Law Firm, where she was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Davol/C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Multi-Case Management and assisted in leading the litigation for more than 10,000 plaintiffs. In addition, she managed several other litigations from onset through settlement. Previously, Melissa was an associate at Milberg LLP, where she oversaw three mass tort litigations, prepared two litigations for settlement, and negotiated settlement at multiple settlement conferences with defense counsel.
Melissa earned her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.