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Mellissa Longo currently serves as assistant corporation counsel for the City of Newark. In her role as assistant corporation counsel, Longo's focus is in the labor section of the Department of Law.
Longo is a 1994 graduate of New Jersey City University, where she received her B.A. in English literature, minored in pre-law, and interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of Middlesex County. Ms. Longo received her J.D. in February 2001 from New York Law School, where she received the Silver Key Award from the American Bar Association for “Outstanding Contributions” to the legal profession. Ms. Longo also served as executive lieutenant governor for the American Bar Association Law Student Division for the Second Circuit. Longo was featured in the “Spotlight Profile” in April 2000 and in the article, “It's Almost Exam Time, Words of Wisdom for Success During Finals,” in November 1999 of the American Bar Association's Student Lawyer magazine.
While at New York Law School, Longo continued to work for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated for the Office of General Counsel, where she focused on compliance and trading issues. At Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Longo negotiated and prepared confidentiality agreements and maintained daily confidential high-yield, bank loan, and par loan trading restricted lists for compliance. Upon her graduation from New York Law School, she continued to work for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated as an associate for par loan trading, where she was responsible for closing par loan trading loans.
In 2002, Longo joined Deutsche Bank as an associate, where her responsibilities included drafting all legal documentation necessary to facilitate trade closings for the Distressed Trading Group. In 2003, Longo joined the law firm Robertson, Freilich, Bruno & Cohen, LLC. At Robertson, Freilich, Bruno & Cohen, LLC, Longo's practice focused on anti-trust law and litigation, intellectual property, and other complex commercial litigation matters. Longo was awarded the 2005 Professional Achievement Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association. In 2005, Longo accepted the position and is currently an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Longo is a member of the bar of the State of New Jersey and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.