Melody Westfall is an esteemed attorney and the driving force behind Westfall Law, where she serves as the CEO and Managing Partner. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and a wealth of experience in real estate, environmental law, and business development, Melody has solidified her reputation as a pre-eminent authority in the legal field, in both New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As a U.S. Navy Veteran, Melody embodies the tenacity and discipline that sets her apart in the legal field; her dedication to her clients, combined with her unparalleled knowledge and resolute advocacy, has propelled Westfall Law to new heights of success.
Melody’s thirst for knowledge led her to complete her B.A. in Government from the University of Maryland, Asian Division, while stationed in Japan. After completing her military service, Melody earned her Law Degree from Syracuse University College of Law, complemented by a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science & Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Her passion for education extends beyond her own achievements, as she developed and instructed a Water Law course for students at her alma mater, and regularly shares her expertise by delivering captivating lectures on environmental issues.
Melody brings a wealth of experience and expertise in various areas of law to her role as CEO and Managing Partner at Westfall Law. Her comprehensive knowledge and experience in real estate law have made her a pre-eminent authority in the field. She has successfully navigated complex real estate transactions, including, purchases and sales of residential and commercial real estate, residential and commercial leasing, taxation, financing, and investment. Melody has been instrumental in guiding clients through land use regulation, zoning compliance, and every stage of the site acquisition process. Her understanding of environmental law and regulations makes her uniquely capable of addressing the environmental aspects of real estate matters effectively.
In addition to her real estate prowess, Melody is well-versed in environmental law. She has a strong track record of ensuring local, state, and federal regulatory compliance for her clients. Melody has successfully defended clients against regulatory enforcement actions and skillfully negotiated consent orders. She has provided strategic counsel on zoning matters, use variances, special permits, and property tax issues. Melody’s experience includes the preparation of easements, including conservation easements, and she has litigated cases involving wetlands, floodplains, renewable energy projects, and solar development.
Melody is consistently involved in community development and business management and development initiatives. She has assisted clients in forming new businesses and provided guidance on business management, reorganization, and restructuring. Melody has played a key role in strategic development, helping businesses navigate complex challenges and seize opportunities for growth.
Melody’s dedication extends beyond the courtroom. In her free time, she loves exploring the world through travel, seeking new adventures and experiences. A fierce competitor on and off the court, Melody finds joy in playing tennis, exercising, and practicing yoga. When she’s not advocating for her clients or hitting the court, Melody channels her creativity into preparing restaurant-quality, multi-course meals, delighting both herself and those fortunate enough to savor her culinary creations.
Melody Westfall’s magnetic presence and unparalleled determination make her an exceptional leader and advocate. With her at the helm, Westfall Law continues to redefine excellence as a full service law-firm. Prepare to be captivated by Melody’s unwavering passion, as she fearlessly fights for her clients and spearheads innovation within the legal industry.
Admitted to Practice
- State of New York
- US Virgin Islands
- US District Court for the Northern District of New York
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands
- NY Licensed Real Estate Broker
- Licensed Title Insurance Agent
- Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
- State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, M.P.S., Environmental Science
- University of Maryland, Asian Division, B.A., Government
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