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




• 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

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

(917) 369-8847
Client Rating N/A help_info
Submit a client review

Peer Rating N/A help_info

Areas of Law

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Litigation
  • Banking & Financial Services


Experience & Credentials



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 •Member •International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation •New York C... More

Contact Information


(917) 369-8847


(212) 808-0844


Send email to Melissa Anne Peña

Social Networking

Office Information
Melissa Anne Peña
 875 Third Avenue, 8th Floor,
New York, NY 10022


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

About Client Rating
About Peer Rating

Welcome to Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review, a new ratings service that allows you to view and provide feedback on a lawyer or law firm on service and relationship qualities such as Communication Ability, Responsiveness, Quality of Service, and Value for Money.

Determining a Rating

The Client Review Rating is determined through aggregation of validated responses. This compilation of Client Reviews translates to a numerical rating and associate descriptive term on a scale of 1 -5. 1 being lowest as "Rated" and 5 being highest as "Preeminent".

  • 4.5-5.0 Preeminent
  • 3.0-4.4 Distinguished
  • 1-2.9 Rated

Martindale-Hubbell uses a third-party resource to validate that the respondent is a living person, but cannot confirm the lawyer/client relationship, which in many cases is confidential. Clients must affirm that they are a client of the lawyer or firm identified for review at the time of the completed Client Review.

The Reviewers

Those who complete Client Reviews are clients of law firms who hired a lawyer within the last year, whose matter is not pending, and want to share their experience of that lawyer or law firm with other potential clients. Reviewers can be of any type from in-house counsel, corporate executives, small business owners to private individuals, and even sometimes another lawyer in a different jurisdiction.


Client Reviews are anonymous and reviewers' identities are not published; however a summary of basic demographics will be part of the display of responses.

Why do we collect demographics as part of the review?

Those who are researching a lawyer or law firm like to see that there are other clients who might be "like them". This is valuable information contributing to the decision-making process of hiring a lawyer.

Martindale-Hubbell's role

Martindale-Hubbell facilitates the process of Client Review by gathering responses, validating them and aggregating results for display online. The content of the responses are entirely from reviewers, the clients of the firm or lawyer.

It is important to note that Martindale-Hubbell does not undertake to develop Client Reviews for all firms and lawyers. Therefore, the fact that a firm or lawyer has not been reviewed should not be construed unfavorably. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome and Martindale-Hubbell accepts no responsibility for the content or accuracy of any review over which Martindale-Hubbell exercises no editorial review or control.