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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Fifty Women in Business||NJBiz||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Associate||McCarter & English, LLP||1986 - 1993|
|Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Judge Vincent J. Commisa||United States Bankruptcy Court||1985 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Supreme Court of New Jersey, District X Fee Arbitration Committee||Secretary||1999 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Morris County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Bankruptcy American Inn of Court||Master||N/A|
|In re: De La Concha Tobaconnist||Confirmed Chapter 11|
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|New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association||IRAs: Who Gets the Money?||2005|
|New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association||What Every Practicioner Should Know About Bankruptcy Before One is Filed?||1999|
|Section 363 Sales - Strategies and Pitfalls Seminar, Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Authority for Sales and Related Statutory Provisions||1997|
|Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Litigating Real Estate Disclosure Issues in Non-Dischargeablility Actions||1996|
|Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Effectiveness of Writ of Attachment Upon the Filing of a Petition in Bankruptcy||1994|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Vanderbilt University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Columbia University||N/A||MA - Masters||1977|
|Educational Legal Clinic||Bankruptcy||2012|
|New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education||Collection Practice Made Easy||2004|
Posted by anonymous
The Middlebrooks & Shapiro Law firm has been instrumental in helping me managing my finances for the last 7 years. When I first contacted the firm in 2005 my personal finances were in shambles. Health problems were the root cause of my problems. First, Melinda and her team listened carefully to what I had to say. Then it did not take them long to devise a plan for me to get back on a good path of being financially responsible and accountable for all the expenses that I incur. This was not the end of the story though. The staff at the Ms. Middlebrooks' office worked shoulder to shoulder with me as I began to implement the custom tailored tasks that I needed to accomplish. At the heart of my financial recovery was a very detailed budget of my monthly income and expenses. I had never been taught how to discipline myself economically. It was only after it was explained patiently by her group that the methods and techniques made sense.
I am happy to say that in the last few years all the help that the Middlebrooks Shapiro law firm has made a monumental positive difference in my life. I sincerely thank them for that!
Posted by Lauren
Working with Melinda is always a pleasure. She is knowledgeable, approachable and empathetic to her clients' needs. Her ability to translate "legalese" for the layperson’s comprehension gives her a boost in my book.
Posted by Karen
I used Melinda after I was downsized and lost my job after 27 years. I was devastated and very anxious about what was going to happen next, would I lose my house, be able to pay my bills, I had so many questions. I had heard about Melinda from several friends and decided to schedule an appointment. At the initial consultation, Melinda was so compassionate and knowledgeable, I really felt she cared about me as a person and not just another case. She walked me through all my options without making me feel pressured to decide immediately such a large decision. I decided to file with Melinda's guidance and she was there every step of the way. The beauty of this smaller, specialized firm is that I never felt I was bothering anyone with my questions or phone calls. They were always extremely accommodating. Filing for bankruptcy is a very difficult decision and anxiety provoking to say the least. I know that the process was made so much easier by the personalized care I received from Melinda.
William Mackin, Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Melinda for many years. She is one of those rare attorneys who possess both passion in representing her clients and compassion for their circumstances. Melinda enjoys a well deserved reputation among fellow lawyers, judges and her clients as an intelligent, professional, and ethical practitioner. She is an extremely capable attorney and I have no hesitation in endorsing her because of her excellent abilities.
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