Melanie B. Lacey

Melanie B. Lacey is an Associate in our Land Use and Zoning Practice Group and is based in Hauppauge.

Ms. Lacey earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School, a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed an undergraduate semester abroad at Université Paris Sorbonne.

She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors including Staff Editor at Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Nicholas & Kathleen Talvacchia Land Use & Real Estate Development Award. At Columbia University, she was a member of the third place team in the MIT Case Collaborate Real Estate Competition, leading real estate development case competition.  

Prior to joining Certilman Balin, Ms. Lacey gained extensive internship, externship and court clerkship experience. She was a researcher at the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania where she co-led a state-wide empirical analysis of court filings relating to Pennsylvania Abandoned & Blighted Property Conservatorship Act.  

She was an extern at the New York Housing Development Corporation, a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, and an extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey. In Philadelphia, she was a Law Clerk at a boutique real estate law firm, McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C., and a Real Estate Development Associate at Mt. Airy, USA.   

A Certified Mediator in Small Claims and Landlord/Tenant Disputes in the state of New JerseyMs. Lacey is also a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Long Island Real Estate Group. She is admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey.   

Education
Columbia University, Master of Science, Real Estate Development, 2018
Rutgers Law School, Juris Doctor, 2016
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2010

Bar Admission(s)
New York
New Jersey

Membership

Long Island Real Estate Group
Suffolk County Bar Association

Recognitions
Third-place team, MIT Case Collaborative Real Estate Competition
Plumbum Nos in Posterus Scholar at Rutgers Law School
Quarter finalist, The Honorable James Hunter III Moot Court Competition
Albert P. Blaustein Memorial Award for exceptional student publication
Second Place, ABA Student Writing Competition
Nicholas & Kathleen Talvacchia Land Use & Real Estate Development Award
Dean’s Pro Bono Publi Award for Exceptional Service (completed 100+ pro bono hours)
Mid-Atlantic Finalist Team, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial  

Publications
“Fix it or Lose it: The Allure and Untapped Potential of Pennsylvania’s Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act,” 49 URB.LAW. 2, 283 (2017).

“A National Perspective on Vacant Property Receivership,” 25 J. AFFORDABLE HOUS. & CMTY. DEV. LAW 1, 133 (2016). 

“The Pennsylvania Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: A Tool for Targeted Neighborhood Revitalization,” RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y REGION IN REV. BLOG (Aug. 6, 2015). 

Certifications
Certified Mediator, Small Claims & Landlord/Tenant Disputes, State of NJ 

Community Involvement
Community Impact Intern with United Way of Long Island

Outside the Office
Melanie enjoys running, hiking, painting and listening to audiobooks.