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  • May 26, 2021Mid-Sized Law Firm Innovation Moving to Advance Diversity & Inclusion

    Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “Mid-Sized Law Firm Innovation Moving to Advance Diversity & Inclusion,” hosted by the ARK Group as a part of its 3rd Annual Mid-Sized Law Firm Summit.

    Innovation to Advance Diversity & Inclusion

    Melissa will be joined by Sana Pancholy, President of Meritas Global Legal Network, who will moderate, along with other panelists. This Summit will be held from Wednesday, June 2, 2021, to Thursday, June 3, 2021. Speakers will discuss various issues related to:

    • Promoting diversity in the workplace
    • Hiring and promotional practices
    • The dynamics of company culture, business performance, client satisfaction, and innovation

    When: Thursday, June 3, 2021

    3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • Legal professionals and law firms: $795
    • Vendors and service providers: $1,495

    About Melissa Peña

    Melissa, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

    In addition, Melissa has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further a client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms, and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services/CRABS Section. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, New York County Lawyers’ Association, and National Association of Women Lawyers.

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  • May 14, 2021Restructuring the Bankruptcy Bar: Strategies to Increase Diversity

    Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “Restructuring the Bankruptcy Bar: Strategies to Increase Diversity,” hosted by the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ).

    Strategies to Increase Diversity

    This webinar will discuss various issues related to:

    • Current diversity initiatives
    • Personal experiences in the bankruptcy field
    • How to increase diversity among bankruptcy attorneys

    When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This webinar is free to SABA-NJ members and costs $25 for non-members.

    Participants will receive 1.2 NJ and 1.0 NY CLE credits.

    About Melissa Peña

    Melissa, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

    In addition, Melissa has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further a client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms, and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services/CRABS Section. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, New York County Lawyers’ Association, and National Association of Women Lawyers.

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  • Apr 23, 2021Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Speak on Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

    Richard Brent Somach and Rebecca J. Price, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with David C. Berger, an Associate of the firm, presented “Understanding FDCPA and Changes to the Existing Code” for the Bar Association of Lehigh County on April 13.

    “Our presentation was to educate attorneys on the most significant update of the FDCPA since it was passed in 1977, clarifying prohibitions on harassment and abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices by debt collectors when collecting consumer debt and how the new protections apply to modern communication formats, such as email, text messaging, and social media. Also included are new rules for consumer-oriented disclosures, the reporting of credit information to consumer reporting agencies, and bringing suit on time-barred debt,” said Somach.

    Understanding the FDCPA

    The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which provides debtors with a means for challenging payoff demands and determining the validity and accuracy of asserted debts, was enacted in 1978 and updated in October 2020. Somach, Price, and Berger addressed the updates, clarifying who is considered a “debt collector” under the FDCPA, what communications are covered, and what practices are prohibited. They also discussed liability for violating the FDCPA, defenses to those violations, and tips for lawyers to protect themselves. Participants commented that the presentation was useful and well-organized, and noted the presenters’ “excellent command of the topic.” The twenty attendees received two substantive CLE credits.

    About the Presenters

    Richard Somach

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks.

    In the banking area, Somach assists clients with their transactional, litigation, and operational needs, and handles collections, foreclosures, and complex commercial workouts. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach is founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services and serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®. He has formerly served as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau.

    Active in many community organizations, Somach is a past president of the Salisbury Township School Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Bar Association of Lehigh County, where he served as President in 1992. Somach frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University, and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

    Rebecca Price

    Price represents clients in all the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. As a commercial litigator, she handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.

    Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating a deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has completed the necessary training to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.

    Often, Price is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts. Understanding the dynamic role that local counsel plays in assisting the client of the referring firm, she has been successful in establishing many relationships with other firms. Price is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serves as Conflict Counsel for Lehigh County’s Juvenile Dependency Court, and has recently been appointed as Solicitor of the Lehigh County Board of Tax Assessment Appeals.

    Proficient in handling multifaceted commercial collection matters on behalf of local and out-of-state businesses, Price gives seminars to assist businesses in adopting practices best suited for collecting outstanding accounts receivable. She has ample experience litigating collection matters and executing upon judgments obtained on behalf of her clients. Price earned her J.D. in 2007 from William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

    David Berger

    Berger concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title insurance agent, Berger works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, Berger handles the sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. He frequently writes for the firm’s liquor law blog, “Legal Liquor.”

    Berger is an active member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2011, and his B.B.A. from Temple University, The Fox School of Business, in 2008.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, David C. Berger, News, Rebecca J. Price, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , ,

  • Jan 08, 2021Before the Deluge: Preparing for the Anticipated Rise in Bankruptcy Filings

    Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, along with Jerome F. Gallagher, Jr., and Bruce J. Wisotsky, also Members of the firm, will present the free webinar, “Before the Deluge: Preparing for the Anticipated Rise in Bankruptcy Filings.”

    Preparing for the Anticipated Rise in Bankruptcy Filings

    Even under the best of circumstances, navigating thru a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing can be stressful and fraught with uncertainty for all involved. Add in the disruptive effects of COVID-19, and it’s easy to appreciate the daunting task facing bankruptcy courts, debtors, creditors, and their lawyers. The pandemic has challenged many industries and as the economy has worsened through the pandemic, declaring bankruptcy has become the only lifeline left, and, given the ongoing economic uncertainties, a successful Chapter 11 reorganization has become all the more important.

    This webinar will address steps that can be taken to protect a creditor’s interests before and immediately after a bankruptcy filing by a customer, client, or counterparty to an agreement. The panelists will discuss the recommended actions to be taken:

    • Upon establishment of creditor-debtor relationship
    • When a customer/client appears to be in financial distress
    • Upon notice of bankruptcy filing

    When: Thursday, January 28, 2021

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    Although questions will be taken at the conclusion of the webinar, we strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “BANKRUPTCY WEBINAR” in the subject line.

    About Your Attorney Panelists

    Melissa Peña

    Melissa concentrates her practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Her clients include financial institutions, private lenders, creditors, and accounting firms. She has successfully represented secured creditors and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and state court insolvency proceedings. Melissa frequently handles commercial foreclosure actions, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, lien priority disputes, fraudulent conveyance actions, and creditor enforcement matters. She has also defended accounting firms in disputes regarding alleged failure to detect criminal and fraudulent activity in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York.

    Outside the courtroom, Melissa handles commercial workouts, negotiating forbearance agreements on behalf of lenders and troubled cross-border transactions. She frequently represents investors seeking to acquire defaulted loans from the due diligence stage to closing on the sale. Melissa also helps lenders to liquidate their collateral through UCC sales, including sales of co-ops. In connection with her participation in the firm’s cross-border practice, she represents clients concerning inbound and outbound transactions that require working with government agencies such as the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Jerry Gallagher

    Jerry engages in civil trial and appellate practice with a concentration in commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, construction, contract litigation, and commercial accounts receivable matters. He also provides legal services related to contract drafting and negotiations. Jerry serves as New Jersey counsel to several national companies and represents private businesses in several industries, including cosmetics, retail packaging, computer support, and specialty concrete products.

    Jerry’s more significant results for clients include: an appellate affirmance of a trial court’s dismissal of “spoliation of evidence” claims against a national financing company; a jury verdict dismissing claims against a national real estate developer for alleged violations of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act; prosecuting fraud claims against an insurance broker on behalf of a premium finance company, resulting in a seven-figure money judgment; a jury verdict in favor of a commercial equipment leasing company including dismissal of “lender liability” counterclaims; dismissal of Consumer Fraud Act and punitive damages claims brought against a privately owned electronic parts testing company; domesticating foreign judgments; recovering payments on surety bonds posted to stay post-judgment collection proceedings pending appeal; obtaining numerous monetary judgments in favor of financial institutions and businesses on commercial loan and accounts receivable claims; and regularly represents contractors in residential and commercial construction disputes, lien claims and commercial collection actions.

    Bruce Wisotsky

    Bruce has represented debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, and other individual creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Florida, and other jurisdictions. He has also represented assignees for the benefit of creditors in state court insolvency proceedings. A significant portion of Bruce’s practice has involved out-of-court restructurings, either as counsel to companies and individuals experiencing financial difficulties or their creditors.

    Bruce lectures on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions, treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings, executory contract issues, and retention bonus issues. Bruce is included in The Best Lawyers In America in the Bankruptcy Litigation and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law sections and New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights section. He was also named the Best Lawyers Bankruptcy Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area in 2020, 2018, and 2016.

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  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

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  • Oct 02, 2020General Practitioner’s Guide to Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings

    Ross J. Switkes, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present “General Practitioner’s Guide to Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings,” for the Mercer County Bar Association Xtreme CLE 2020, which will be held virtually through Zoom this year. The firm is a proud sponsor of the event.

    About Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings

    This two-day seminar aims to meet the continuing education requirements of attorneys, featuring local and regional speakers. Participants will have access to all recorded sessions until the end of the year and can obtain up to 60 MCLE credits. Discussion topics include the latest developments and the future of the profession; challenges faced by attorneys, legal professionals, and New Jersey citizens; key insights into what the future may hold; and the latest technology, including how to stay safe in an increasingly hostile online environment.

    When: Thursday, October 15, 2020

    10:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

    Registration: xtremecle.mercerbar.com

    • Member Rate: $95 before October 13
    • Non-member Rate: $285 before October 13 (includes 2021 membership)
    • Member Late Fee: $50 after October 13
    • Non-member Late Fee: $100 after October 13
    • Public Employee Member Rate: $45 before October 13
    • Public Employee Non-member Rate: $95 before October 13 (includes 2021 membership)
    • Pennsylvania Registration Fee: $95
    • New York Registration Fee: $75

    About Ross Switkes

    Ross focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation. He has significant experience appearing in federal and state courts on behalf of a variety of clients, including, Chapter 7, 11, and 12 trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees, purchasers of assets and stalking horse bidders, officers and directors, non-debtor spouses, landlords, defendants in avoidance actions, insurance companies, distressed companies, and municipalities.

    Ross is active in the legal community, having held multiple leadership roles in local bar associations and industry groups both currently and over the past decade. Among other leadership positions, he currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, a committee that has served as a two-way conduit between the bankruptcy bar and the Board of Bankruptcy Judges for approximately 25 years. Ross also is a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees.

    Ross frequently writes and speaks on a variety of bankruptcy topics and addresses how bankruptcy proceedings can impact a variety of constituents, including businesses and individuals. He has written articles that appeared in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, among others. Ross has served as a speaker on educational panels conducted by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, International Council of Shopping Centers, Mercer County Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association.

    In 2018, Ross was named in the New Jersey Law Journal Professional Excellence Awards as a “New Leader of the Bar” and was also recognized by the Mercer County Bar Association as “Young Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in the area of Bankruptcy: Business every year since 2017.

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  • Sep 02, 2020The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, and Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will present the free webinar, “The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Poised for another banner year in 2020, New York’s restaurant and hospitality industry arguably endured the most significant decline as the COVID-19 global pandemic has dragged into its seventh month in New York. As other areas of the country tempted fate with a full reopening, local requirements for social distancing and indoor seating limitations have created additional challenges for struggling New York restauranteurs. As they grapple with keeping their businesses afloat, and despite relief in the form of eviction moratoriums and federal stimulus, the road to recovery seems fraught with more potholes than pavement.

    During this free webinar, Jeanne and Melissa will discuss:

    • CARES Act
    • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case Filings
    • Federal Bankruptcy Law
    • Relief and Protection for New York’s Restaurant Industry Debt
    • Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
    • State Laws

    When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom Meeting

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. Resident in the New York City office, she assists clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Jeanne is ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally. Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Jeanne litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, Jeanne has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She recently litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    As a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™, Jeanne is a frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association, the Specialty Food Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    About Melissa Peña

    Melissa concentrates her practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Her clients include financial institutions, private lenders, creditors, and accounting firms. She has successfully represented secured creditors and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and state court insolvency proceedings.

    Melissa frequently handles commercial foreclosure actions, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, lien priority disputes, fraudulent conveyance actions, and creditor enforcement matters. She has also defended accounting firms in disputes regarding alleged failure to detect criminal and fraudulent activity in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.

    Outside the courtroom, Melissa handles commercial workouts, negotiating forbearance agreements on behalf of lenders. She frequently represents investors seeking to acquire defaulted loans from the due diligence stage to closing on the sale. She also helps lenders to liquidate their collateral through UCC sales, including sales of co-ops. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for her clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further her client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa is Co-Chair of the Meritas Financial Services Section, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Diversity Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg, Melissa A. Peña | Tags: , , ,

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