Melissa 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 court room, 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 she is inside or outside the court room, 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 and a member of the Finance Committee, which reports to the Meritas Board of Directors.
She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law in 2003; and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in 2000.
•Quoted, “ Vigilance - before and after - helps if customer goes bankrupt, ” Lehigh Valley Business, May 5, 2014
•“Foreclosure Delays Require Creative Solutions, ” WithumSmith + Brown, P.C. Newsletter, November 2010
•“Bankruptcy Topics for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Allentown, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2018
•“Bankruptcy Topics for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 7, 2018
•“Corporate Bankruptcy 101 and Select Bankruptcy Issues, ” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 24, 2009
•Bankruptcy Inn of Court
•International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
•New York County Lawyers' Association
•National Association of Women Lawyers
•Board of Directors
•Co-Chairman, Financial Services/CRABS Section
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