Melito & Adolfsen P.C.
U.S. and International Litigation Firm
New York City And The World
Robert D. Ely
  • Member


New York, NY






ROBERT D. ELY has handled all forms of insurance defense litigation, is AV rated, has extensive trial experience in the State and Federal Courts and excels before a jury. His extensive experience includes medical malpractice, construction, premises, defective products, sports, Dram-shop, security, playground and automobile liability cases. Mr. Ely has successfully defended at trial medical institutions, skilled nursing facilities and their personnel, including physicians, nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists in malpractice litigation throughout the metropolitan New York City area, including Long Island and Westchester Counties. He has also successfully defended other businesses in complex construction litigation, drafted appellate briefs and successfully argued before the Appellate Division of the State of New York.

Mr. Ely began his career as a Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) Assistant District Attorney from 1987 to 1994. He became a Senior Trial Attorney in the DA's Office, then leaving the field of criminal law to concentrate on civil litigation. For the past 27 years he has tried almost every type of case in the Courts of New York and proffered and/or cross-examined expert witnesses covering a large spectrum of the litigation arena, including almost every type of medical specialty, Economists, Care Planners, Vocationalists, Engineers, Architects, Medical Examiners, Forensic Scientists, Union Representatives, Ballistics, Fingerprinting, and Accident or Crime Reconstruction specialists.

Since leaving the DA's Office, Mr. Ely has also continued his commitment to public service. Mr. Ely is a Member and Chair of Community Board 2, which serves the Greenwich Village, SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown communities in Lower Manhattan. He has been and continues to be a vocal advocate for education, the siting of public schools, and public safety. He has also been asked to serve as a Community Representative and Advisor for various economic development projects for Lower Manhattan post Hurricane Sandy.

Areas Of Practice

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction
  • Premises
  • Defective Products
  • Sports
  • Playground and Automobile Liability Cases
  • Dram-Shop
  • Security

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Lewis & Clark College
    • B.A. - 1984
  • Northfield Mt. Hermon School

    Honors and Awards

    • AV Rated

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • New York County Lawyers Association

    Past Employment Positions

    • District Attorney's Office, Kings County (Brooklyn, NY), Assistant District Attorney, 1987 to 1994
    • District Attorney's Office, Senior Trial Attorney

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Community Board 2, Member and Chair
    • Lower Manhattan post Hurricane Sandy, Community Representative and Advisor