Melanie Szuba Appleby

Melanie Szuba Appleby

  • Real Estate Law
  • New Jersey
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I have been fortunate to have a legal career which has provided me with unique opportunities and diverse experiences in law, government and the judiciary. After serving as a Judge for over five years, in the Chancery Division, Family Part as well as in the Criminal Division, I have returned to private practice, committed to applying the diverse knowledge and experience I have garnered, to best serve clients at CLDDS.

After a stint in insurance defense, I joined Gilmore and Monahan, P.A., as a local government attorney. As Airport Counsel to the Atlantic City International Airport, an entity within the South Jersey Transportation Authority, I was responsible for independently negotiating leases with vendors and tenants, as well as negotiating the design build contract for the parking garage at the airport. In addition, I represented numerous local government entities, serving as Municipal Attorney for Stafford Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Jackson Township and Lavallette Borough. When both Jackson Township and Toms River Township needed to overhaul their municipal codes, I crafted the recodifications, including land use and zoning ordinances, for adoption by the respective governing bodies.

After reaching the requisite level of experience and passing exacting standards, I earned a Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law and the designation of Fellow from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. In 2007, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of public service when I became the first woman elected in Toms River as a Council Member-At-Large in the newly formed Mayor-Council form of government. My service was recognized when I received the Governor Whitman Excellence in Public Service designation.

Practice Area
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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Professional Experience
Superior Court Judge
Superior Court of New Jersey - Ocean County Vincinage
Law Office of Melanie Donohue Appleby, LLC
Township Attorney for Little Egg Harbor, Special Counsel for Jackson, Property Maintenance Board Attorney/Special Counsel for Brick Twp.
Council Member-At-Large
Toms River Township
Gilmore & Monahan
Municipal Attorney for Lavallette, Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Jackson, Special Counsel for Brick Twp., Dover (now Toms River), Airport Attorney for Atlantic City International Airport (SJTA)
Law Office of Stephen E. Gertler
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
J.D. (1994) | Law
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Rutgers University - Newark
B.A. (1986) | Biochemistry and Biology
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Governor Whitman Excellence in Public Service
Governor Whitman
IMLA Fellow
Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law
New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys
Professional Associations
New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
- Current
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Ocean County Bar Association
- Current
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New Jersey Bar Association
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks, LLC
Contact & Map
Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks. LLC
9 Robbins Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Telephone: (732) 797-1600
Fax: (732) 797-1690
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