Mairi V. Lucepractices in the areas of reorganization, bankruptcy law, creditors' rights, out of court workouts and complex commercial reorganizations. She represents numerous commercial banks, insurance companies and other commercial financing institutions in secured lending, asset-based lending, securitization, leasing and credit enhancement transactions and other types of commercial transactions. In addition, Ms. Luce represents both lenders and borrowers in secured-finance transactions in which collateral is located outside United States in jurisdictions in Central and North America, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Luce is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Business Law Sections of all three bar associations, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, where she has been a speaker at programs presented by the Conference. She also is or has been a volunteer for the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Program, Philadelphia Reads Power Partners, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, A Lawyer for Every Child Program, Association for Children of New Jersey and Women Against Abuse. She is also a member of the Women in the Profession Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Luce worked for a Washington, D.C.-based trade association management firm, where she assisted clients with legislative affairs including advocating for legislation and presenting testimony to Congress and numerous federal agencies. Additionally, Ms. Luce served on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization and worked with community organizations and members of Congress with respect to legal and community initiatives benefitting battered women.
Ms. Luce is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey.
Ms. Luce is amagna cum laudegraduate of Temple University School of Law, where she was awarded the Raynes, McCarty, Binder, Ross & Mundy prize for excellence in writing. While in law school, she was a graduate assistant in the legal writing program. She also is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she graduated with a double major in English and history.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2007-present
- Associate, 1996-2006
•Hauck & Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.
- Legislative Affairs Assistant, 1990-1993
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Volunteer Attorney, Violence Against Women Project
•Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP)
•Philadelphia Bar Association
- Volunteer for Legal Line, 1997-present
•Volunteers for the Indigent Project - A Lawyer for Every Child Campaign
•Association for Children of New Jersey - Children's Legal Resource Center
- Volunteer Attorney
•Women Against Abuse Legal Center
- Civil Court Advocate, 1994-1995
•Developments in Reorganization and Commercial Finance Law, 1997-present
- Author of sections on Secured Claims, Structured Finance and Health Care Issues in Bankruptcy
•Author, CMS May Recoup Medicare Overpayments from Bankrupt Providers,Health Law Alert, Winter 2005
•Current Developments: Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Commercial Finance Law Update
- Author, Fixed or Floating Charge? The English Courts Wrestle With the Fundamentals of a Creditor's Security, Fall 2004; Lender Not Liable To Other Creditors For Fraud Committed By Borrower's Principals, Summer 2004; and Bankruptcy Code Does Not Authorize the Payment of 'Critical Vendors' Outside of Reorganization, Winter 2003
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Commercial Real Estate Loans: Structuring Covenants, Events of Default Provisions and MAC Clauses - Negotiating Agreement Provisions to Maximize Borrower Protection and Lender Rememdies, CLE Teleconference, November 26, 2013
•Panelist, Trends and New Deal Structures: What Lies Ahead, Duane Morris Municipal Finance Webinar, March 22, 2011
•Speaker, Developments in Reorganization and Commercial Finance Law, Duane Morris LLP, 2002, 2004
•Speaker, Structured Finance After The LTV Decision, American Bar Association, Spring Meeting, April 2002
•Panel Member, Recent Legal Developments, Continuing Legal Education Session, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, 1998
•Presenter, Partnership Issues in Chapter 11 Cases, CLE program sponsored by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Reading, Pennsylvania, April 21, 1998