Melissa A. Peña, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of the Meritas’ Financial Services/CRABS Group, will be a panelist at the Meritas 2017 Group Meeting, co-sponsored by Norris McLaughlin & Marcus to be held February 10-11 at the Kimpton EPIC in Miami. Thirty-three members from across the United States and Canada will gather to take part in valuable learning opportunities and interactive networking events. Peña will participate in leading the member introductions following the welcoming remarks and then will discuss “Hot Topics for Representing Secured Creditors” with the panel.
Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 170 independent, full-service law firms, worldwide, in over 60 countries. Firms become members by invitation and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program, ensuring that clients receive the same high-quality legal services from every Meritas firm.
Many Meritas Banking and Financial Services lawyers have served as in-house bank counsel or worked with governmental agencies that oversee the financial industry in their jurisdictions. Group members have experience with different types of projects, including structuring and documenting sophisticated lending and leasing transactions, litigation arising out of existing loan documents, and assisting in organizational and regulatory matters related to the lending industry.
Peña 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. Peña also 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.
Peña regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings throughout the State of New York. She handles all aspects of the litigation, including defending against counterclaims, negotiating forbearance agreements when appropriate, and representing the lender in any subsequent bankruptcy proceeding by litigating stay relief motions and representing the lender’s interest in the plan confirmation process.
Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000. While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review, a member of the Law and Government Society, and participated in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic. She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England during the summer of 2001.