Melissa B. Zemsky

Melissa B. Zemsky, a partner and co-founder of Ziegler, Zemsky & Resnick specializing in matrimonial and family law.

For almost two decades, Ms. Zemsky has wholeheartedly advocated on behalf of her clients, earning her the reputation of being a highly skilled and seasoned professional by her peers.

With her extensive knowledge of matrimonial and family law coupled with nearly two decades of experience in private practice, Ms. Zemsky provides personalized attention to all of her clients in both large and small matters, intently representing them in order to achieve the best possible outcomes according to their unique and individual circumstances regardless of their net worth. For Ms. Zemsky, every client is a top priority.

Taking an assertive yet straightforward and logical approach to representation, Ms. Zemsky displays unfaltering dedication to the legal process and serving the best interests of her clients, and derives intrinsic satisfaction knowing her clients have received both the settlement and benefits to which they are rightfully entitled. Ms. Zemsky listens to her clients, remaining dedicated and responsive to their wants and needs from the start of a matter to its resolution.

Lawyers of Distinction badge Private Practice

During her years in private practice, Ms. Zemsky has successfully litigated hundreds of matters including but not limited to divorce and custody disputes, child support hearings, removal applications, domestic violence restraining orders, palimony suits, same-sex and civil union disputes, contested adoptions, and DCPP issues.

Ms. Zemsky’s unique style of intense advocacy coupled with her compassion and empathy for her clients’ well-being, as well as her practical understanding of matrimonial and family law issues, has made her well known for being a challenging opponent in the courtroom by her adversaries and a trusted adviser to her clients.

Role in the New Jersey Legal Community

Ms. Zemsky presently serves as a panelist on the Essex, Union, and Middlesex County Early Settlement Panels. In this vital role, Ms. Zemsky adeptly assists litigants in avoiding lengthy and expensive court proceedings by guiding them to reach equitable settlements in a more intimate and congenial setting outside of the courtroom.

Ms. Zemsky is also a valued member of the Assignment Judge’s Family Law Committee where she has played an integral role in creating key policies and procedures for Middlesex County’s family law courts. Ms. Zemsky completed a four-year term as chairperson of the Ethics Committee for Middlesex County, a position that she was nominated to and appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 2006 until 2010.

Local Engagement

A lifelong resident of Westfield, New Jersey, Ms. Zemsky stays connected and committed to her Union County roots by representing a cross section of local clients from her community and its neighboring towns. Always approachable, always relatable, Ms. Zemsky is regarded in local circles as the embodiment of dependable and competent legal representation and sound guidance, and is continually relied upon for upholding the highest standards of confidentiality and discretion.


Ms. Zemsky began her legal career immediately following law school serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melvin S. Whitken, P.J.F.P., formerly the presiding judge in the Family Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County.

Admitted to practice in 1998, Ms. Zemsky is a member in good standing of the New Jersey Bar. She is also a member of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, as well as the Essex, Union, and Middlesex County bar associations.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey


University of Pittsburgh

  • B.A. in English (cum laude)

Western New England School of Law

  • Juris Doctor

Industry Accolades

  • Nominated as “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families” in New Jersey Family Magazine.
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018- 2019

Professional Associations

  • Assignment Judge’s Family Law Committee
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Essex Bar Association
  • Union Bar Association
  • Middlesex Bar Association
  • Essex County Early Settlement Panel
  • Union County Early Settlement Panels
  • Middlesex County Early Settlement Panels
  • Ethics Committee for Middlesex County (Chairperson, 2006 - 2010)

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