Melvin L. Ortner

Melvin L. Ortner

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Melvin Ortner has extensive experience in advising businesses and transactional matters including licensing, distribution, sourcing, real estate, and commercial agreements.  Mel is experienced in advertising law and has successfully defended his clients’ promotional programs before the Federal Trade Commission.  He also represents executives in employment and separation agreements.

Before joining Abelman Frayne & Schwab in 2003, Mel was the Vice President and Chief Counsel of Sara Lee Branded Apparel.  Prior to that he was the Vice President and General Counsel of Playtex Apparel.  In these capacities Mel was responsible for the management of high profile litigations.  Today he serves on the board of directors of several corporations.

In the civic arena, Mel served two terms as an elected Trustee in the Village of Great Neck, where he also served as Deputy Major and Chairman of the Planning Board.

Highlights

  • Represented clients in numerous transactional matters including licensing, distribution, sourcing and commercial agreements.  Experienced in dispute resolution.
  • Advised clients on corporate law and business organizations.
  • Formed numerous business entities.
  • Handled commercial and residential real estate transactions.
  • Counseled executives on employment matters.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Member of the Bars of states of New York and Connecticut; United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • New York, 1974
  • Connecticut, 1989

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • New York State Bar Association

Personal Notes

  • Mel has extensive experience in advising businesses and in transactional matters including licensing, distribution, sourcing, real estate, and commercial agreements. Mel is experienced in advertising law and has successfully defended his client’s promotional programs before the Federal Trade Commission. Before joining the Firm, Mel was Vice President and Chief Counsel of Sara Lee Branded Apparel. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Playtex Apparel. Mel was also responsible for the management of high profile litigation. He serves on the boards of several corporations.

Education

  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A.
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.