Melissa Anne Peña

Melissa Anne Peña (New York, New York)

Melissa Anne Peña

Attorney in New York, NY
Melissa Anne Pena is a Member with the firm's New York office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation and mortgage foreclosures.

Melissa's 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. She 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.

Melissa 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.

While in law school, Melissa was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review and 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.


• Robert C. Gabrielski and Melissa A. Pena to Participate in Meritas US/Canada Regional Meeting

•Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Names Five New Members

•Pena Selected as Co-Chair of Meritas Financial Services and Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy Sections

•Melissa A. Pena Selected as Meritas Young Lawyer Liaison


•“Corporate Bankruptcy 101 and Select Bankruptcy Issues, ” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 24, 2009


•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

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Litigation

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 2003, New Jersey and New York
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
Law School Attended
The American University Washington College of Law
Class of 2003
cum laude
University Attended
George Washington University
Class of 2000
Political Science, magna cum laude
Associations & Memberships

Professional Affiliations

•Bankruptcy Inn of Court


•International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation

•New York County Lawyers' Association

•National Association of Women Lawyers


•Co-Chairman, Financial Services/CRABS Section

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation
875 Third Avenue, 8th Floor,
New York, NY 10022
(212) 808-0700
(212) 808-0844
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Office Information
Office Information
Melissa Anne Peña
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation
875 Third Avenue, 8th Floor,
New York, NY 10022

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation (New York, New York)