Melody M. Lins is an associate in Mandelbaum Barrett’s Corporate Law Practice Group.

Melody focuses her practice on business entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions and corporate governance concerns, frequently for start-ups, family-owned businesses and closely-held businesses. She also advises dental groups, veterinary groups and physicians across the country in the acquisition and sale of professional practices. Having previously worked as commercial litigator, Melody is well-equipped to advise on contract and employment law concerns, with an eye towards avoiding potential litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, Melody worked at a prominent New Jersey regional firm litigating significant matters. Melody began her career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Allison Accurso, J.A.D., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

While in law school, Melody was selected to serve on the Editorial Board of the Rutgers Law Record and interned with the Honorable Esther Salas, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. She also served as a Student Attorney at the Rutgers Education and Health Law Clinic where she advocated for the rights of children with disabilities.

Melody graduated from Rutgers Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. Melody received her B.A. from Trinity College and post-graduation she received a Fulbright Grant to work as an English Teaching Assistant in La Guajira, Colombia. Melody is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Melody is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Associaton
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

  • New Jersey, 2017
  • New York, 2019
  • District Court of New Jersey

  • Rutgers Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Trinity College, B.A.

Deal Alert: Members of our National Veterinary Law Group worked with a client on the sale of his veterinary practice under an extremely short timeframe. 

March 14, 2022

In a span of only 18 days, our team was engaged to negotiate and close the deal. Our client sold his South Carolina veterinary practice, which operated in two locations, to a corporate consolidator for a total enterprise value equal to more than $5,000,000. Once engaged, our team immediately conducted extensive financial and legal diligence and negotiated […]

Navigating Types of Dental Transactions & the Financial Terms to Know

August 2, 2022

It is imperative that dentists ask three financial questions to ensure a deal is advantageous to them: how much is being paid to the seller; where is the money to pay the seller coming from; and when will the seller receive payment? To determine the answers to these questions dentists looking to buy or sell a […]

What Should Veterinary Businesses Know About the New Ban on Forced Arbitration of Employee Sexual Abuse Claims?

June 17, 2022

There is a general belief that arbitration favors employers and large businesses. However, an important change in the law, backed by bipartisan support, has advanced employee rights significantly by increasing their access to courts for certain claims. Specifically, the new law affects an employer’s ability to enforce an arbitration agreement and handle sexual harassment/assault claims […]

What Should You Know About the New Ban on Forced Arbitration of Employee Sexual Abuse Claims?

April 20, 2022

There is a general belief that arbitration favors employers and large businesses. However, an important change in the law, backed by bipartisan support, has advanced employee rights significantly by increasing their access to courts for certain claims. Specifically, the new law affects an employer's ability to enforce an arbitration agreement and handle sexual harassment/assault claims privately through arbitration. On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the "Act") into law. This law, which amends the Federal Arbitration Act, prohibits forced arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Do I Really Need a Partnership Agreement for My Veterinary Business?

March 23, 2022

The key question here is: "do I need a partnership agreement if I am going into business with my veterinary partner?" Many veterinary business partners who form a legal entity under which they will operate their practice decide not to adopt a partnership agreement to save on expenses early in the life of their practice. Here, the term "partnership agreement" is being used generally to refer to an agreement between the owners of a veterinary business. Excited by the prospects of a new business and all the opportunities they foresee, the partners also believe there is no time to waste; they are convinced that negotiating a partnership agreement will slow their momentum and create unnecessary legal obstacles. Like many people they think "what could possibly go wrong if we operate our company without a partnership agreement?" The right answer: "Lots of things could go wrong" and this one decision could lead to significant financial consequences, not to mention the mental stress of a dispute among partners.

Key Terms You Should Know When Buying or Selling a Veterinary Practice

February 18, 2022

It may be your first time buying or selling a veterinary practice. During this process, you will undoubtedly stumble upon terms that are unfamiliar to you and admittedly confusing. While learning all the terminology and legal jargon of the mergers and acquisitions industry should not be your goal, it is important that you understand the meaning of some key terms that will help you confidently navigate the course of buying or selling a veterinary practice. Below we have compiled a number of key terms which will likely rear their head at some point in the acquisition process. We have condensed the meaning of these terms and organized them in a way that should follow the natural progression of a veterinary practice transaction. However, please be mindful that transactions are driven by the parties and their unique needs. Therefore, this is not an exhaustive glossary of words or issues that arise, but rather a sampling of terms practice owners and buyers will likely encounter during the sale.

When Pet Owners File Litigation against Veterinarians, It's Rarely over Money

October 20, 2021

As if running a business isn't hard enough, veterinarians often worry about getting sued for malpractice or negligence. One reason to be fearful is obvious – a well-publicized lawsuit can quickly ruin a veterinarian's career and practice. Another reason to be fearful is less obvious – absolutely no one in the world, not even an attorney, can predict the outcome of a lawsuit with perfect certainty. That's because the outcome of litigation depends on many factors, including the facts and circumstances of the case, the personal ideology of judges and juries, and the type of lawsuit brought by a pet owner. To illustrate that point, and uncover a few best practices you can follow to safeguard against lawsuits, let's dive into a recent appellate case in New Jersey.

New Jersey and New York Commandeer Critical Medical Supplies

April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020 By Damian P. Conforti and Melody M. Lins Faced with the continuous rise in Coronavirus confirmed cases and escalating death tolls, the Governors of both New York and New Jersey have taken new aggressive measures to expand the capacity of their health care systems and address the critical shortage of medical resources […]

How Much Are You Charging for Medical Supplies? The Federal Government Wants to Know

March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020 By Damian P. Conforti and Melody M. Lins On March 18, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13909 in recognition of the vital role that health and medical resources continue to play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the President’s Order, the Secretary of Health is now empowered to control private sales […]

Winter 2021 Veterinary Newsletter

February 15, 2021

Spring 2020 Veterinary Newsletter

May 29, 2020