Melvin L. Ortner, Special Counsel

Melvin L. Ortner, Special Counsel

Location: Melville, New York
Phone: 631-393-6220 ext. 205

Melvin L. Ortner has extensive experience in advising businesses and transactional matters including distribution, sourcing, real estate, and commercial agreements.  Mel also represents companies and executives in employment and separation agreements.

Before joining Harras Bloom & Archer, LLP in 2022, Mel was Of Counsel to Abelman Frayne & Schwab, where he represented companies from “start-ups” to Fortune 500’s. Prior to that, Mel was the Vice President and Chief Counsel of Sara Lee Branded Apparel, which followed his employment as 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.


  • 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 companies and executives on employment matters.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District, New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District, New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D. - 1974
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

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


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