Cole Schotz P.C.



Jason R. Melzer
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6313 / C: 516-421-0524 / F: 201-678-6313
Legal Practice Assistant: Terry Fasciano
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5029


Jason R. Melzer is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Jason is a trial attorney with extensive experience litigating commercial disputes, including shareholder/partnership disputes, business “divorces,” commercial foreclosures, securities litigation and arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, professional liability and debt collection. Mr. Melzer also has significant experience litigating employment matters and has successfully enforced and opposed restrictive covenants. Mr. Melzer regularly litigates matters in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey and the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in New York and successfully counsels his business clients through some of the most trying and complex situations business owners can encounter. Mr. Melzer practices in all trial and appellate levels in the both the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York.

While litigating hundreds of business-related claims, Mr. Melzer has regularly defended and pursued claims of defamation and libel in the commercial context. He has successfully tried multiple claims of defamation, libel, slander, and defamation per se. Mr. Melzer has successfully tried such claims in both jury and bench trials. He is also a member of the firm’s Discovery Services department and has taken an active role to ensure that the firm remains at the forefront of developing technologies that ensures the most efficient and targeted approach to the discovery process and helps to insulate clients from the hazards that can result from the rapidly changing legal landscape concerning e-discovery and retention of electronic records.

Mr. Melzer’s representative matters include:

  • Successfully obtained injunctive relief against transfers of collateral in connection with a $36 million commercial UCC foreclosure;
  • Successfully enforced a restrictive covenant and confidentiality agreement, protecting a preeminent international primary market research firm from a potentially crippling disclosure of propriety information;
  • Successfully argued a case of first impression before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, preventing the State from unfairly denying a client’s Second Amendment rights; and
  • Represented hundreds of “route salesman” in a class action litigation against one of the largest bottled water companies in the country, resulting in a successful settlement.

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by his peers in New Jersey’s Super Lawyers publication, Mr. Melzer takes pride in providing first class client service and forming productive, long-term relationships with his clients. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.

Mr. Melzer earned his B.S. from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.


Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, J.D., 2000, Hofstra Law ReviewBinghamton University, B.A., 1997

Bar & Court Admissions

New York, 2001New Jersey, 2003U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2008U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2012


Recent Events

New Jersey M&A Conference
Attorneys Speaking: Jennifer L. Horowitz and Jason R. MelzerOctober 29, 2019



Layoffs for Economic Reasons Justified

New Jersey Law Journal Adverse economic conditions may constitute 'just cause' to terminate an employee May 1, 2006

Jason R. Melzer

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