Melissa L. Zittel


Ms. Zittel’s practice includes the defense of hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals in malpractice cases, professional disciplinary proceedings, and credentialing matters.  Ms. Zittel is also experienced in defending general negligence matters and in appellate practice.

Ms. Zittel is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, and the Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York.  She also serves as a Town Justice for the Town of Eden and as a volunteer coach for the Eden High School Mock Trial Team.    

Ms. Zittel regularly presents before healthcare professionals and medical students regarding risk management and the defense of malpractice matters.  


  • State of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York

Ratings & Awards

  • “The Best Lawyers in America”: 2022-2024
  • “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters: 2016-2024


  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Cornell University, with distinction