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Melinda Colón Cox

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Melinda C. Cox is a Partner with PIB Law. She has extensive litigation experience in civil matters, with a particular emphasis on issues in real estate redevelopment, condemnation and land use, in both regulatory compliance and litigation.  Melinda's current practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in the mortgage banking industry in litigation, compliance and regulatory matters, including foreclosures and bankruptcy proceedings, in both state and federal proceedings.

Prior to joining the Firm, Melinda served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.M.J., in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, where she assisted with preparing for and conducting preliminary proceedings in civil and criminal cases.  She researched and drafted proposed opinions and memoranda, as well as comprehensive reports and recommendations for dispositive motions, in a variety of civil matters, including consumer fraud and debt, securities regulation, fair debt collection, class actions, and labor and employment matters.  Prior to her clerkship, Melinda was an Associate at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., on the firm's Redevelopment Team, Redevelopment Strategic Business Unit Team and the Commercial Real Estate Team, where she drafted redevelopment and finance agreements, assisted with various transactional and regulatory matters, and litigated cases involving redevelopment, land use, condemnation, real estate, and environmental issues.

Professional Activities

Community & Professional

Hispanic National Bar Association, Member

New York State Bar Association

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Membership Secretary (Co-founder of the Young Lawyers Committee)

National Women’s Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee, Member

New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Professional Ethics Committee, Member (2017 to Present)
  • Leadership Academy, 2016 Graduate and 2018 Selection Committee

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Member

New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2018

2017 Senate and General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution by Senator Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and Assemblyman Holley for Professional Recognition and Praise

2018 Executive Women of New Jersey, Honoree, Salute to Policy Makers Gala

New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Representative

News

Publications

Publications

"No One Gets a Free House" – New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations Period for Foreclosures Upheld, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Abogados (Oct. 2015 ed.)

“Yes, We Can!” – Minority Women Attorneys & Politics, 14:3 The Woman Advocate, ABA – Section of Litigation 1 (Spring 2009) (co-authored with Julia Lopez and Erica Rodriguez).

Gallenthin: Reaffirming NJ’s Progressive Views on Redevelopment Law, N.J. Lawyer (Jan. 28, 2008) (co-authored with Anne S. Babineau, Esq.).

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Eastern District of New  York
  • Northern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D.

  • Senior Articles Editor for the Rutgers Law Review
  • President of the Association of Latin American Law Students
  • Student Bar Association Class Representative
  • Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Minority Student Program

Union College, B.A., magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.M.J., in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Languages

  • Spanish