Our Team

Debra Dyleski-Najjar Esq.

President & Founder

Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq., is president and founder of the Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C. and has practiced employment law for over thirty-three (33) years.   In 2008, she founded NELGPC as a labor, employment and benefits boutique law firm to provide strategic legal advice, backed by litigation expertise, for employers.   Ms. Najjar is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a significant rating and testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.  Before establishing NELGPC, she was an equity partner in the Boston office of a 250-attorney regional law firm, with offices in Boston, Providence and Concord.  In addition to defending employers in litigation before state, federal and agencies, she is a recognized thought leader, frequent author and lecturer, trusted counselor, and trainer on workplace issues.  Over the years, her practice has run the gamut of labor and employment, as well as ERISA, matters, and she is known to have both wide and deep experience as a labor, employment and benefits attorney.  

Due to Ms. Najjar’s significant professional accomplishments, in 2007, she was nominated by her peers and inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and now serves as Chair of the First Circuit Credentialing Committee.   For over ten consecutive years, she has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyer, a recognition bestowed on the top 5% of attorneys, and recognized in Marquis’ Who’s Who Among US Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who of American Women. 

She serves as the Legislative Director of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association and is a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) A-Team.  As an active member of her community, she is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence advisory board, and served on the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (2015-2017), the Board of Directors for VNA Hospice Care Inc. (2005-2013), and, at the request of the mayor, the zoning board of appeals for the City of Lawrence (1999-2000). 

Professionally, she is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association moderating the annual Labor and Employment Update for the past fifteen years, serving on the CLE committee, and past chair of the Labor and Employment Section, as well as a member of the ABA Labor and Employment Section and the Massachusetts Bar Association. 

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, magna cum laude Durant Scholar, and Boston University School of Law, summa cum laude, third in her class and an Editor of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).   

Alexander Najjar, Esq.

Attorney

Alex Najjar, Esq. is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law where he concentrated on employment and benefits law.  He was a Note Editor of the law school’s Transnational Law Journal, and published an article, “ERISA Pension Liability: The Risk of Foreign Affiliates’ Exposure to U.S. Pension Liabilities,” in the Journal of Pension Benefits (Winter 2011).  He is the Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association Labor and Employment law section, and has been appointed for two terms to serve on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts.  He is an active member of the ABA Labor and Employment as well as the International Employment Law sections, and a member of the American Society of Pension Professional and Actuaries (ASPPA).  He also is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Greater Merrimack Valley Chapter.  

In both 2015 and 2016, Alex was selected as Massachusetts Rising Star, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5% of attorneys in the Commonwealth.  In 2016, he was chosen for the Leadership Academy by the NH Bar Association.

Alex focuses his practice on business immigration, employment litigation, and ERISA plan compliance matters.   He is a frequent author of publications for the NH Bar and for other professional associations on matters relating to employment and benefits. 

Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Brandeis University where he focused on Middle East studies.  Alex is multi-lingual, fluent in Arabic and Spanish and conversational in French and German. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Melissa Najjar

Legal Intern

Melissa is currently a second year student at Suffolk University Law School, concentrating in Health Policy and Employment Law. She is a member of the Law Review and serves as Exchequer for the international legal honors society, Phi Delta Phi. Melissa is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association (GMVHRA).

Melissa is a graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in Psychology, and minored in Middle Eastern Studies.  As a psychology major, Melissa focused her coursework on clinical and organizational psychology, which proves invaluable when advising employers about best practices, policies and workplace incentives that actually motivate employees and improve an organization’s workplace culture.  Melissa has gained substantial experience interpreting various workplace tests, including but not limited to, Meyers-Briggs and the Big Five.  She also has great insight into Wellness Programs with rewards and goals that incentivize desired outcomes, and is passionate about health care access and equity. 

In college, Melissa served as representative of the Wellesley Arab Women’s Association to the Senate Executive Board and served on the Student Organization Funding Committee for two years.  Based on her academic achievements, Melissa was nominated by Wellesley College and inducted into the prestigious international psychology honor society, Psi Chi.   Melissa reads, writes and speaks Arabic and Spanish. 

Since age six, Melissa has been a member of the American Morgan Horse Association, and since 2011 has been recognized at the national level for her outstanding equestrienne skills twice placing in the top-10 nationally in the hunter division, earning numerous state championship titles, and currently holding the AMHA New York Region Hunter Hack division Reserve Championship title as well as 2016 USEF Horse of the Year Reserve Champion Status in Region One and Region Two and Top-10 Nationally.