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Stacey Meisel, Esq. is a founding member of Becker Meisel LLC and co-chairs the Firm’s bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights practice group. She represents privately held debtors, Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, and other interested parties in bankruptcy and state court proceedings in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and other states.
In 1997, she became the youngest serving member on the New Jersey Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees appointed by the United States Department of Justice and is the first African-American woman to serve in this position in New Jersey. In her role as trustee, she has conducted dozens of internal investigations into the propriety of acts of past management, officers and directors and overseen financial audits of the books and records of numerous corporations for the purposes of tracing finances and investigating potential fraudulent or otherwise improper transfers of assets. Ms. Meisel has been instrumental in the sale and distribution of proceeds to creditors and shareholders of hundreds of millions of dollars of assets. She has been appointed as trustee over private and public entities in the following industries: real estate, retail, manufacturing, professional services, technology, health care, food and restaurant. In addition, she serves by judicial appointment as a Liquidating Trustee, Provisional Director and Receiver in state court proceedings.
In 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appointed Ms. Meisel to an 11-person Merit Selection Committee responsible for recommending candidates to the Third Circuit for the bankruptcy judgeship vacancy in New Jersey.
Ms. Meisel is a co-author of West Publishing’s Consumer Bankruptcy Manual, which covers a panoply of issues dealt with by attorneys representing debtors and creditors in individual bankruptcy cases. She often authors articles on complex and developing areas of bankruptcy law for the nation’s leading bankruptcy publications and lectures on bankruptcy related topics for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other organizations. She also serves on the ABI Advisory Board for the Mid Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Meisel has received a number of awards and honors. She has twice been recognized by The New Jersey Law Journal as one of the forty attorneys selected to comprise their top “40 Under 40”. In 2006, NJBIZ honored Ms. Meisel naming her on their list of “New Jersey’s Best 50 Women In Business”. NJBIZ also recognized her in 2005, as one of the leading “Forty Under 40”. She has been named for six years running on New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers” list by Law & Politics. Ms. Meisel is listed as one of the 2010 and 2011 Best Lawyers in America for her specialty in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights. Best Lawyers in America is one of the oldest and, in many circles, considered to be the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
A strong believer in social responsibility, Ms. Meisel has volunteered for the Essex County Volunteer Lawyers for Justice since 2002. As a volunteer, she assists low-income individuals with bankruptcy proceedings on a pro-bono basis. Ms. Meisel also helped launch the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation, a privately-funded non-profit organization that offers financial assistance to those in genuine need in 2004, and served on its board of trustees in 2005.
She served on the board of directors of the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHS of NJ) from 2004 to 2010. CHS of NJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with secure, caring families, good health, and the ability to function well cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally. In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Meisel was asked to chair the non-profit’s annual gala, which is its largest fundraiser. In addition, she created a new wine-tasting fundraiser in 2005, and continued to chair this event each year thereafter. She previously served on both the nominating and advocacy committees. While on the advocacy committee, Ms. Meisel attended the Child Welfare League of America conference in Washington, D.C. wherein she and other delegates met with congressional leaders to advocate for the rights of children.
Ms. Meisel’s has been appeared in a variety of publications, including but not limited to, The Star Ledger, Investment News, Real Estate Weekly, NJBIZ, The New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey & Company, The Trenton Times, www.GlobeSt.com, www.AllBusiness.com , and NJ Savvy Living.
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News and World Report - Best Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||US News & World Report - Best Lawyers||2010|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|40 Under 40||New Jersey Law Journal||2007|
|July Volunteer of the Month||Essex County Volunteer Lawyers for Justice||2007|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|New Jersey's Best 50 Women in Business||NJBIZ||2006|
|New Jersey Super Lawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|40 Under 40||NJBIZ||2005|
|40 Under 40||New Jersey Law Journal||2004|
|Volunteer of the Year||Essex County Volunteer Lawyers for Justice||2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bankruptcy Institute||N/A||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees||N/A||N/A|
|New Jersey Association of Bankruptcy Trustees||N/A||N/A|
|Garden State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Essex County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation||N/A||N/A|
|West Publishing||Consumer Bankruptcy Manual||2009|
|Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice||Decoding the Code: Why the Revisions to Section 546(c) Do Not Create a Federal Right to Reclamation for Sellers||2008|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Sellers Cannot Reclaim Goods||2007|
|ABI Journal||With Bated Breath: Do the Revisions to Section 546(c) Create a Federal Right of Reclamation?||2007|
|New Jersey Lawyer||BAPCPA Changes - A Federal Right of Reclamation?||2006|
|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Rutgers University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Visiting Lecturer||Role of The Chapter 11 Trustee||2010|
|Blank Rome LLP||Emerging Issues For In-House Counsel: Directors and Officers Issues In Bankruptcy Litigation||2009|
|5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop||“Clean-Up On Aisle 5: Retail Industry Reorganizations and Liquidations”||2009|
|Lorman Seminar||What to do When Construction Projects Go Bad||2008|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Repeat Panelist||N/A|
|New Jersey Institute of Continuing Education||Lecture||N/A|