Melissa M. Carvalho

Counsel

New York
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Overview

Melissa Carvalho is a skilled trial and appellate lawyer in New York state and federal courts. She represents and advises clients in a broad range of diverse industries including real estate, financial services, entertainment and media, and retail and consumer products. Her experience has led to a developed understanding of the nuances of litigation, enabling Melissa to effectively represent clients, both 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.

In addition to her litigation practice, Melissa also represents and advises corporate boards and company management on a wide range of corporate governance matters and issues, including the creation and implementation of compliance programs, director responsibilities and duties, the business judgment rule, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Melissa represents clients in connection with internal, governmental, and regulatory investigations, including those before the SEC and FINRA. As a fluent Portuguese speaker, she has been involved in a number of matters in and involving Europe and Brazil.

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

Select Experience

  • Obtained victory for company in AAA arbitration against investment firm for wrongdoing including fraudulent misrepresentations and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented 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 private fund engaged in providing asset-based commercial loans at both the trial and appellate level against various applications for injunctive relief seeking to enjoin foreclosure.
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Experience

  • Obtained victory for company in AAA arbitration against investment firm for wrongdoing including fraudulent misrepresentations and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented 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 private fund engaged in providing asset-based commercial loans at both the trial and appellate level 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 CFTC 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.
  • Represented two Fortune 500 companies in actions relating to products sold in Brazil. Both matters resolved favorably for the clients.
  • Represented concert producers in their pursuit of unauthorized re-sale of tickets. Successfully targeted and prevented unauthorized ticket sales from multiple websites.
  • Represented condominium owners with toxic conditions in their unit as a result of breach of duties by building Board and management. Substantial damages were awarded by the jury at the trial.
  • Involved in various litigations and investigations conducted in connection with the firm's representation of the court-appointed trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

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

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association

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Pro Bono

  • Involved with a number of pro bono organizations, including the Safe Passage Project, National Women’s Law Center (TIME’S UP project), New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC.

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