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About me

Although I started in Security Law, I found my passion practicing bankruptcy. My interest was heightened after 9/11 and I wanted to help businesses filling for bankruptcy that were effected by this tragedy. I like being a boutique firm in order to focus more on litigation recently including discharging student loan debt. I volunteered at the Wounded Warrior Project, Legal Aid Society, and Rutgers Pro-Bono.  I enjoy travel and hiking as well and have a goal of climbing every major mountain range in the world.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 75%
    12 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Consumer Protection: 20%
    12 years, 75 cases
  3. Foreclosure: 5%
    5 years, 20 cases



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  • J Todd Murphy

    Michelle is truly a lawyer who goes the extra mile for her clients. Not only does she expertly perform the essential service of representing someone in a bankruptcy case, she is the rare lawyer who follows-up to be sure the credit report has been properly updated and that creditors are not continuing to attempt collection after the discharge as some are known to do. She relates well to her clients and is well respected by other lawyers in her field.


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Contact info

Law Offices Of Michelle Labayen

24 Commerce Street
Suite 530
Newark, NJ, 07102

Law Offices of Michelle Labayen

405 Lexington Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY, 10174



NYCurrently registered 200403/13/2015
NJAdministrative - Not authorized to practice200509/10/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michelle Labayen2010 - Present
PartnerLutzky & Labayen, LLP2008 - 2010
Managing Attorney of NYCLaw Office of Macey and Aleman NYC2005 - 2008
Bankruptcy AssociateLaw Office of Charles Juntikka NYC2003 - 2005
InternNew York City Council2002 - 2002
Assistant AttorneyLegal Aid-Consumer Division2001 - 2003
InternNew York Stock Exchange Division Of Enforcement2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2004 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maria Otero-Ocasio vs. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National AssociationSettlement
Angel A. Guivas & Marisol Castillo-Guivas vs. Carrington Mortgage Services LLCSettlement
Zev Abromowitz vs. Equifax Information Services LLCSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
CNBCIs Newark primed for an economic renaissance?2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolBusiness Corporate LawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Columbia UniversityMedieval History/LatinBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Stephanie O. ShowBankruptcy2014