Melissa M. Carvalho

Counsel

New York
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Overview

Melissa Carvalho focuses her practice on commercial litigation in New York state and federal courts. Her experience has led to a developed understanding of the nuances of litigation, enabling Melissa to effectively represent clients, at trial as well as in arbitration, mediation and during general negotiations and settlements. With particular skill in alternative dispute resolution, Melissa is sensitive to her clients' needs and resolves matters effectively and efficiently.

Melissa is a member of the New York office's Women's Steering Committee and Mentor Committee.

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  • Involved in various litigations and investigations conducted in connection with the firm's representation of the court-appointed Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Represented condominium owners with toxic conditions in their units as a result of breach of duties by the building’s board and management. Substantial damages were awarded by the jury at trial.
  • Obtained a victory for a company in an American Arbitration Association proceeding against an investment firm for wrongdoing including fraudulent misrepresentations and breach of fiduciary duties.
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Experience

  • Involved in various litigations and investigations conducted in connection with the firm's representation of the court-appointed Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Represented condominium owners with toxic conditions in their units as a result of breach of duties by the building’s board and management. Substantial damages were awarded by the jury at trial.
  • Obtained a victory for a company in an American Arbitration Association proceeding against an investment firm for wrongdoing including fraudulent misrepresentations and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented a commercial lender in a litigation brought by a borrower and obtained complete dismissal of the action at the outset of the litigation.
  • Obtained multiple victories for a private fund engaged in providing asset-based commercial loans at both the trial and appellate levels against various applications for injunctive relief seeking to enjoin foreclosure.
  • Counseled Fortune 500 companies during internal and governmental investigations concerning alleged employment, accounting, securities and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and reviewed and prepared compliance materials.
  • Represented a hedge fund and commodity pool operator in connection with an investigation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission alleging cornering of the market in Treasury futures and false statements made to market regulators, and settled the investigation for a books and record violation with no charges brought against the client.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014, 2015)

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association

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Pro Bono

  • Involved with a number of pro bono organizations, including the New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC, which provide legal assistance for low-income individuals.

Prior Positions

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: Securities and Corporate Governance group

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2008
  • New York, 2005

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2004, cum laude; St. John's Law Review
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2001, magna cum laude