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Springfield, NJ 07081
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Juris Doctor
Seton Hall University Law School
Newark, NJ 

Master of Arts
Columbia University
New York, NY

Bachelors of Arts
(cum laude)
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


State of New Jersey
State of Tennessee
District of New Jersey
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Western District of Tennessee
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Claims Court
United States Supreme Court

Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq. 

Melinda D. Middlebrooks is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C. in Springfield, New Jersey.

Ms. Middlebrooks is a Member of the Legislative Committee of the New Jersey Bar Association.

Ms. Middlebrooks’ areas of practice include creditor rights and commercial, business, creditor and consumer bankruptcy law. She has thirty years experience in bankruptcy practice having first served as a judicial law clerk for the late Chief Judge Vincent J. Commisa, U.S.B.C. (D.N.J.).

While in law school at Seton Hall University School of Law (1984 graduate), Ms. Middlebrooks served on the Legislative Journal as Associate Editor. She was awarded the law school’s faculty award for “Most Outstanding Contribution to the Law School and the Community”.

After completing her judicial clerkship, Ms. Middlebrooks became an associate with McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey. Twenty years ago, in 1993, she opened her “bankruptcy boutique” law firm serving medium sized Chapter 11 cases, as well as, individual Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 matters.

Ms. Middlebrooks is a Master with the Bankruptcy Inn of Court; a frequent lecturer; has served as a Panelist for the Annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference (ICLE); authored numerous articles, including “What Every Practioner Should Know About Bankruptcy Before One is Filed” published by the prestigous New Jersey Lawyer – The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association. Ms. Middlebrooks is a litigator in both state and federal courts with numerous reported decisions. She is also an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at Union County College.

Ms. Middlebrooks was named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business.

She came to law following a career as an educator elected three times to the Union Township Board of Education where she served as President. Ms. Middlebrooks is proud of her three children, one of whom, Joseph Middlebrooks Shapiro, Esq. is her law partner and her daughter, Jessica Middlebrooks Minecci, Esq. is an associate. Her late husband, Richard Paul Shapiro, Esq., was also her law partner and a graduate of Seton Hall Law School (1987).