Melvin Greenberg, a founding partner and the chairman of the Litigation Department of Newark’s Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker, passed away on Sept. 16. He was 65.

Greenberg was a litigator for almost 40 years, specializing in business litigation and appeals in New Jersey state and federal courts, and received numerous acknowledgments by his peers as one of the top litigators in the state.

Born in Paterson on July 21, 1947, Greenberg graduated cum laude from New York University in 1968 and from its law school in 1971. Upon admission to the bar, he was an assistant U.S. attorney for three years, prosecuting political corruption, securities fraud and tax evasion cases, before moving into private practice in 1974 at the firm he founded.

In addition to complex business litigation, his practice included white collar criminal law and internal corporate investigations.

He served on the state Supreme Court’s District V-A Ethics Committee from 1991 to 1995, the last year as its chairman.

He was active in legal education, serving as a trial lecturer for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, as a Teaching Master for the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court in association with Rutgers University Law School, and as a speaker on corporate litigation matters for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Greenberg is survived by his wife Margaret, his son Daniel, and his daughter Alexis. Donations in his memory may be made to the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, First Avenue at 16th St., New York, N.Y. 10003.