About Melinda J. Gullo
Melinda Jean Gullo graduated with honors from Canisius College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts concentrated in Criminal Justice, Communication Studies and Psychology. While attending Canisius College, Ms. Gullo was one of eight students chosen to spend a month studying in the Philippines for a Third World Immersion program. This experience provided Ms. Gullo with a valuable perspective and knowledge of poverty, religion and criminal justice systems.
In 2007, Ms. Gullo graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (“UB Law School”) with a Juris Doctorate. As a student at UB Law, Ms. Gullo was case-note editor for the Environmental Law Journal, Philanthropy Chair of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, and Co-coordinator of the Domestic Violence Task Force. At graduation, Ms. Gullo was presented with the New York State Bar Association/Law Student Bar Association Achievement Award for her work as administrator of the Domestic Violence Task Force.
At UB Law School, Ms. Gullo focused on course offerings she believed would provide her with practical experience helping people. As part of an Administrative Fair Hearing Practice Clinic, Ms. Gullo negotiated settlements and represented clients in Department of Social Services Administrative hearings. She presented her research and findings regarding refund anticipation loans to encourage legislative changes in income tax preparation and interned at Neighborhood Legal Services providing legal representation to the poor.
After graduation, Ms. Gullo worked at the law firm of Collins and Maxwell, where she worked with clients on Worker's Compensation matters and cases involving no-fault insurance claims. She later left there to take a position as a Senior Court Analyst and Executive Director of Housing Court for the City of Buffalo under the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, in Buffalo City Court. During her time there, she earned a reputation for her tireless dedication, intelligence and strong work ethic. While working for the Court, Ms. Gullo supervised the Receivership and the Funding calendars of the Court. Her duties also involved conducting pre-trial conferences on behalf of the Court and negotiating settlements between opposing parties. At Judge Nowak's request, she also drafted legislative proposals and researched and drafted court decisions. Her common sense approach and keen analytical mind made her invaluable at formulating and directing various court remedies and programs which were instituted to improve the functioning of Housing Court.
Ms. Gullo is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County, the New York State Bar Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the Italian American Police Association. She regularly engages in volunteer work, including community work with Brush-Up Buffalo, weatherization work with the Apollo Alliance, and organizational work with various community related fundraising events. She is also involved in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, the New York State organ donor program and the Erie County Red Cross blood donor program. Her selfless dedication to the numerous volunteer activities in which she is engaged truly make her a shining asset to our community.
In her spare time, she enjoys golf, horseback riding, reading, and writing, producing and editing educational and instructional videos.
Ms. Gullo is a lifelong resident of Western New York, having grown up in North Collins, and currently resides in Lakeview with her two Koi fish and a mélange of beloved dogs.