Melvin Wright concentrates on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and civil litigation.

Mr. Wright has spent more than twenty-five years in the private and public sectors as a trial attorney. He represents corporate and individual clients in a broad range of matters. He also represents corporations in major commercial disputes and has defended corporations and individuals during governmental investigations and prosecutions of business crimes. He has tried more than fifty jury trials to verdict. As a result of his trial experience, he has successfully negotiated cases favorably on behalf of clients in both civil and criminal matters.

Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Wright served at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, where he was the lead in-house counsel overseeing a wide range of high-level litigation matters. He served at the New Jersey Office of State Comptroller/Medicaid Fraud Division, where he served in a supervisory capacity over the Regulatory & Recovery Units. He successfully settled the largest recovery in the history of the Medicaid Fraud Division in improper payments. He also served as a deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, where he litigated both criminal and civil matters. Mr. Wright prosecuted white collar criminal offenders in the financial crimes/antitrust unit in matters involving violations of New Jersey's securities, tax, and fraud laws, along with insurance fraud cases. He also served as a deputy attorney general in the tort litigation section, where he defended claims against the state of New Jersey, New Jersey Transit Bus and Rail Operations, and Department of Transportation, as well as all state entities. In a month-long trial, he successfully defended a multimillion-dollar claim against New Jersey Transit Bus Operations involving a brain injury.

Mr. Wright also served as an assistant prosecutor for the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office in Trenton, where he prosecuted a range of crimes from homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and robbery to drug cases. He was a member of the Death Penalty Review Committee. He also was a trial team leader, where he was responsible for the supervision of assistant prosecutors, as well as trying cases to a jury.

Mr. Wright previously worked at two Am100 law firms, where he served as a partner in their litigation practice group. He handled complex criminal and civil matters in his representation of Fortune 500 Corporations, executives, and other notable clients. He also frequently counseled corporate legal departments on topics related to corporate investigations.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Garden State Bar Association
  • National African American Insurance Association

Government Service

  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority; In House Litigation Counsel; 2018-2023
  • N.J. Office of State Comptroller; Manager - Regulatory & Recovery Units; 2015
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office; Assistant Prosecutor; 2001-2004
  • N.J. Office of the Attorney General; Division of Criminal Justice, Deputy Attorney General, 1998-2001; Division of Law, Deputy Attorney General, 1992-1995


  • Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz, New Jersey Supreme Court