The Honorable Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., retired Superior Court Judge, joined the firm after 19 years on the bench. He was sworn in as a Superior Court Judge and assigned to the Family Court in 1997 and in his last 13 years on the Bench he sat in the Criminal Division, rising to the position of Presiding Criminal Judge for the Monmouth County Vicinage.
Born and raised in Monmouth County, Judge Mellaci, attended Villanova University, and received a BA in History with High Honors in 1974. He is a 1978 graduate of Seton Hall School of Law.
In 1976 he began a clerkship with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office while still in law school. He remained with the Prosecutor’s Office until 1980, when he accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney with the Broward County States Attorney Office in Florida.
He joined the Law Firm of Smith and Shaw, in West Long Branch when he returned to New Jersey, and remained there until June 1982, when he rejoined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor.
He remained in the Prosecutor’s Office until August 1997, serving as a Trial Team Leader, the Director of Major Crimes, Director of Special Investigations, Director of the Investigative Bureau. He tried more than 100 jury trials including 12 Murder Cases and 8 Death Penalty Prosecutions.
He currently serves Of Counsel with the law firm, specializing in State and Federal Criminal Law as well as Municipal Law, Cannabis Law and Dispute Resolution.