Have You Experienced Sexual Assault Or Abuse?

Melissa Ryan
Reitberg

Uber/Lyft Sexual Assault & Personal Injury Attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP

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Melissa Ryan Reitberg is an Uber and Lyft rideshare sexual assault lawyer at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP who also handles other types of personal injury cases. 

Her legal journey began with a focus on supporting small business owners and artists, leading to her role at a prestigious litigation firm in New York City. There, Melissa handled a variety of cases, including asbestos, toxic torts, environmental liability, product liability, personal injury, and complex construction accidents, primarily from a defense perspective. Her diverse experience in both litigation and corporate transactional law equips her with a comprehensive and unique outlook in her work.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and dance from Muhlenberg College and a Juris Doctorate from the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, renowned for its top-ranked Environmental Law program.

Melissa contributes to legal blogs and journals, sharing her insights with the wider community, including creating content for Helping Survivors.

Bar Admissions and Certifications

  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • New Jersey

Associations and Licenses

  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 under 40
  • “Rising Star” on Super Lawyers
  • VP of Membership for the Jewish Lawyers Guild

Education

  • J.D. Pace University’s Elizabeth Haub School of Law
  • BA Muhlenberg College

Rideshare Safety Videos by Melissa Reitberg

Melissa Reitberg is helping individuals impacted by sexual assault, abuse, or harassment in an Uber or Lyft understand their legal rights and options by providing firsthand, in-depth information they can use to take the next best step for them.

Sexual Assault in an Uber or Lyft: What To Do

My name is Melissa Reitberg, and I’m an attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. I’m going to talk to you about what you can do in the unfortunate event that you are sexually assaulted while using a Rideshare App first thing you should do is prioritize your safety. What that means is, for example, if you were dropped off at your home, make sure that all your doors and windows are locked and stay away from them.The next thing you should do is to report the incident inside the Uber or Lyft app. They both have that option, so be sure to use that. Next thing you should do is to create a police report of the incident. And the way to do that is to call your local police department and talk to them about what happened. I understand this can be difficult. Please be sure to obtain a copy of the report. A lot of people don’t know, but you can request copy of the report and you can amend it If there’s anything that’s inaccurate and you can correct it. Next thing you should do is talk to a lawyer. And how do you know when to talk to a lawyer? If you’ve been made uncomfortable by a driver using an Uber or Lyft ride, should contact a lawyer. Talk to us and see what your options are.

Protecting Yourself & Your Legal Rights After a Rideshare Assault

My name is Melissa Reitberg and I’m an Attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. I’m going to talk to you about some of the legal steps you can take in the unfortunate event that you are sexually assaulted while using a Rideshare app. Uber and Lyft have an obligation to keep you safe when you’re using their apps. Some of the steps that they need to do are background checks and to ensure that if there have been drivers who are reported for sexual assault, that that does not happen again. If you are sexually assaulted while using Uber or Lyft, be sure to report it. Create that paper trail. Start building your case right away. File a police report with your local police department. Ask for a copy of it, amend it if it’s not accurate or if it doesn’t tell the whole story. Contact us to figure out what other legal steps you can take and what other options you may have.

Steps to Take After Rideshare Sexual Assault

My name is Melissa Reitberg, and I’m an attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. When I talk to you about some of the steps you can take in the unfortunate event that you are sexually assaulted while using a rideshare app first thing you should do is protect yourself. Make sure that you’re in a safe location. example, if you were dropped off at home, lock all your windows and doors get away from them. The next thing you should do is to report the issue in the Rideshare app. Both Uber and Lyft allow you to report the driver for sexual assault. Do that. Next thing you can do is call your local police department and write a report. Now you can see the report and you can make amendments. If it doesn’t tell the full story. The next thing you should do is contact us. All of these steps act to build your case. you’re not sure, you have one. Talk to an attorney.