Thomas M. Messana

Partner
Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
http://mws-law.com
Phone954-712-7400

Peer Rating
 5.0/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Civil Litigation
  • Officer and Director Liability
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 954-712-7400
Fax: 954-712-7401
http://mws-law.com
 
Mailing AddressP.O. Drawer 2485, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33303
 
University Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1980
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland, J.D., with honors, 1990
 
Admitted1990, Maryland; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1993, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
 
Memberships The Florida Bar (Member, Executive Council, Business Law Section; Former Chairperson, Bankruptcy/UCC Committee; Former Co-Chairperson, Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committee, Business Law Section); American Bar Association; Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida (President, 2001); Bankruptcy Bar Foundation (Treasurer and Director).
 
BornBrooklyn, New York
 
Biography

Thomas M. Messana was born in Brooklyn, New York, November 22, 1958; admitted to bar, 1990, Maryland; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1993, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1980); University of Maryland (J.D., 1990). Member: American Bar Association; Bankruptcy Bar Association of Southern District of Florida (President, 2001). Practice Areas: Bankruptcy.

He focuses his practice on bankruptcy and business workouts. His experience spans 18 years and includes a dozen reported decisions including representation of the Trustee in the first case in the United States determining that 2005 amendments to the United States Bankruptcy Code imposed certain limitations on Florida's otherwise expansive homestead exemption. Mr. Messana is a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar's Business Law Section. He is also Treasurer and Director of the Bankruptcy Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation which funds the pro bono legal effort of the local bankruptcy association. Mr. Messana is past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida; former chairperson of the Florida Bar Bankruptcy/UCC Committee; former co-chairperson of the Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar; former adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law teaching , among other things, bankruptcy law.

Mr. Messana has been named a Best Lawyer in America, recognized by Chamber & Partners, and has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell. For many years, he's also been recognized as among the top legal leaders in the state by industry publication, Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and in Florida Super Lawyers. He regularly lectures and publishes on bankruptcy related subjects in national, regional and local forums.

 
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Thomas M. Messana

401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1400
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301




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