Michele M. Dudas concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor-creditor rights, corporate restructuring and commercial litigation. Michele has appeared and litigated a broad range of matters in federal and state courts, in areas such as bankruptcy, fraudulent transfers and contract disputes. During these proceedings, Michele has represented Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 debtors, Chapter 7 Trustees, for-profit and not-for-profit agencies, secured and unsecured creditors, assignors and assignees for the benefit of creditors, and borrowers.  Michele is also involved in various out-of-court workouts and represented purchasers and sellers of commercial assets.

In June 2018, following a ten day jury trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County, Michele obtained a $5,000,000 unanimous verdict by a seven (7) person jury on behalf of a Chapter 7 Trustee.  The case arose from an oral breach of contract claim by the Plaintiff-Chapter 7 Debtor.

Michele assists various pro bono clients throughout the year.  She has presented bankruptcy seminars on behalf of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, and was named their Pro Bono Attorney of the Month in September 2008.  She is also a presenter in the New Jersey Financial Literacy Project (NJFLiP), where she speaks to high school students about the importance of various financial issues, including creditworthiness and identity theft.

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
  • Seton Hall University, B.S.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • US District Court

Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Bergen, Essex and Passaic County Bar Associations
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers' Association

Honors

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Month, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, September 2008