Melanie M. Franco

Melanie M. Franco


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Practice Areas
  • Federal Employment Law
Practice Locations
  • Albany, NY

Melanie M. Franco, Esq. is an attorney in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Albany office, where she focuses her practice in federal employment law.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Melanie worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Joan Bedrin Murray, J.T.C. of the New Jersey Tax Court while the judge was temporarily assigned to the Superior Court, General Equity Division in Hackensack, NJ. As a law clerk, Melanie researched and drafted judicial decisions and orders for a variety of tax and chancery cases, as well as helped prepare the judge for all of her proceedings, including oral arguments, emergent applications to stay Sheriff’s sales and evictions, and orders to show cause. Over the course of her clerkship, Melanie assisted the judge in drafting over 500 foreclosure decisions.

While in law school, Melanie performed research for a professor on a unique environmental law issue, as well as worked as a research assistant for her school’s advocacy program. Melanie also interned with the Pace Energy and Climate Center, a New York City council member, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 office, and Hudson Riverkeeper. Melanie was very active in her law school community and served as Student Bar Association President. In this position, Melanie served as a voting delegate to the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division.

Melanie is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her law degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY, cum laude, with the Advanced Certificate in Environmental Law, and her bachelor of business administration from the University of Houston in Houston, TX, in management with a minor in energy and sustainability, cum laude.

Articles & Publications: It’s Not Easy Being Green: Why Sustainable Practices on Farms are not Currently Sustainable, 11 J. Animal and Environmental L. 1 (2019), available here.

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • JD: Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, White Plains, NY
  • BA: University of Houston, Houston, TX

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