98 East Water Street, Toms River,
NJ 08753

Melanie Szuba Appleby, Partner

Attorney at Law


Areas of practice

  • Local Government Law
  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law Mediation
  • School Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1994


  • Rutgers, the State University (Douglass College), B.A. in Biochemistry and Biology, with High Honors, 1986
  • Rutgers School of Law, Camden, J.D., 1994; American Jurisprudence award for highest grades in Business Organizations, Product Liability and Moot Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Lavallette Republican Club
  • Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
  • Greater Toms River Kiwanis
  • New Jersey Planning Officials, Member and Instructor for training municipal planning board and zoning board of adjustment members


  • Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Award
  • Fellow, International Municipal Lawyers Association

Pro Bono Activities

Counsel to Toms River Homeless and Housing Coalition, a non-profit corporation

Prior experience

  • Law Secretary to the Honorable James M. Havey, P.J.A.D.
  • Law Office of Stephen E. Gertler, Associate, 1995‑1997
  • Gilmore & Monahan, 1997‑2010
  • Municipal Attorney for Lavallette, Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Jackson
  • Special Counsel for Brick Twp., Dover (now Toms River)
  • Airport Attorney for Atlantic City International Airport (SJTA)
  • Councilmember at-large, Toms River Twp., 2008‑2011
  • Law Office of Melanie Donohue Appleby, LLC, 2011
  • Township Attorney for Little Egg Harbor
  • Special Counsel for Jackson
  • Property Maintenance Board Attorney/Special Counsel for Brick Twp.
  • Superior Court Judge, Ocean Vicinage, appointed 2011, retired October 1, 2016
  • Of Counsel, Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks, 2017‑2020