Member Profiles

  • Melvyn I. Monzack, Managing Member

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    Mel Monzack co-founded the firm more than 40 years ago.  Mel’s practice focuses on Transactions – Real Estate Development, Land Use and Zoning, Restructuring, as well as Commercial and Corporate Litigation.  Known for finding creative solutions to complex issues, Mel works diligently to achieve clients’ goals.  He has negotiated complicated workouts with national, regional, and local lenders, structured complex mergers and reverse mergers, and successfully argued before Delaware’s Supreme Court to establish new precedent in the real estate transfer tax arena.  Mel frequently counsels corporations and alternative business entities and drafts their shareholder agreements and operating agreements to fit their particular needs.  Mel advocates an “open door” policy at the firm to encourage cross-disciplinary solutions for client matters.  After receiving his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University, he received a graduate fellowship and went on to earn his Masters in Laws.

    Before joining the firm, Mel was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC, and later counsel for the Delaware State Police.  He has also served as a trusted advisor and officer to several political campaigns at the state and national levels.

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia
    • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • Delaware
    • United States District Court, District of Delaware
    • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Tax Court

    Education

    • University of Rhode Island (B.S., 1962)
    • George Washington University (LL.B., 1965; LL.M., 1968)
    • Instructor, Business Law and Industrial Relations, University of Delaware, 1975-1977

    Memberships

    • Delaware State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
      • Business Law Section
      • General Practice Section
      • Real Property Section
      • Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Litigation Section
      • Economics of Law Practice Section
  • Rachel B. Mersky, Member

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    Rachel Mersky has been an attorney with Monzack Mersky McLaughlin and Browder for over 24 years.  Her practice concentrates on Commercial Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, and Civil Litigation.  She specializes in representing a wide array of creditors including developers and landlords, officers and directors, former employees, general trade creditors and parties seeking to acquire assets. She also has served as counsel to clients serving on Creditor Committees as well as representing Creditors Committees as local counsel. In her role as counsel to Liquidating Trusts she has pursued a wide range of adversary actions including preferential and fraudulent transfer claims. She also regularly represents creditors defending preference and fraudulent transfer claims Rachel has an extensive knowledge of shopping center law and frequently advises the firm’s national and local shopping center clients with regard to bankruptcy, leasing, and management issues and also negotiates leases and purchase agreements on their behalf.

    Before joining the firm, Rachel was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware, focusing on labor and employment, governmental affairs and criminal matters.

    Representative Clients

    • Acadia Realty Trust
    • Acadia Strategic Opportunity Fund
    • Benderson Development
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
    • Cafaro Northwest Partnership
    • City of Baxter Springs, KS
    • Fedders Liquidating Trust (Creditors’ Committee)
    • Gottbetter Capitol Finance
    • Kerry K. Killinger (former CEO, Washington Mutual)
    • Kimco Realty Corporation
    • Meadowcraft, Inc. (Creditors’ Committee)
    • PacTrust
    • Park Cattle Company
    • People’s Capital and Leasing Corp.
    • Samson Resources Company
    • TD Bank, N.A. (Formerly Commerce Bank)
    • Swan Transportation (Tort Claimants Creditors’ Committee)
    • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

    Involvement in Major Bankruptcy Cases

    • AES Thames, LLC
    • Alabama Aircraft
    • American Home Mortgage
    • Buffet Holdings, Inc.
    • Carolina Fluids
    • Chef Solutions
    • Coach Am Group Holdings
    • Conex Holdings, LLC
    • DBSI
    • Fleming Companies
    • Fluid Routing Solutions
    • Fedders North America, Inc.
    • Flying J, Inc.
    • Friendly Ice Cream Corp.
    • Goody’s Family Clothing, Inc.
    • Hancock Fabrics
    • IT Group
    • KB Toys, Inc.
    • Intergrated Health Services, Inc.
    • Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Corp.
    • Linens and Things
    • Magna Entertainment Corp.
    • Mariner Health Group, Inc.
    • Meadowcraft, Inc.
    • Mervyn’s Holdings, LLC
    • Montgomery Wards
    • New Century
    • Nortel Networks
    • Pemco World Air Services, Inc.
    • Perkins and Marie Callender, Inc.
    • Pure Beauty
    • Ritz Camera
    • SemCrude, L.P.
    • Swan Transportation
    • Trade Secrets
    • Tropicana Entertainment, LLC
    • Ultimate Acquisitions
    • US Concrete
    • Washington Mutual
    • W.R. Grace

    Bar Admissions

    • Delaware, 1981
    • United States District Court, District of Delaware, 1982
    • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1994
    • United States Tax Court, 1993

    Education

    • University of Delaware (B.A., 1978)
    • Gonzaga University (J.D. 1981)
      • Order of Barristers
      • Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court

    Memberships

    • Delaware State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
    • Delaware Commission for Women (1983-1986)
    • International Council of Shopping Centers

    Languages

    • Spanish
  • Brian J. McLaughlin, Member

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    Brian’s practice focuses on Commercial Transactions, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Creditor Rights and Civil Litigation.  Brian works with clients in structuring and negotiating commercial real estate and business transactions including counseling clients in their review and negotiation of office, shopping center and warehouse leasing and frequently counsels clients regarding zoning and land use issues.  Brian has extensive experience in commercial lending, work-out and debt restructuring, having represented national and local lenders as well as borrowers for over twenty years.  His work-out and litigation experience provides additional insight in developing successful strategies in drafting transactional documents.

    In his civil litigation practice, Brian represents clients in all aspects of business litigation, including general contract disputes, creditor rights, asset recovery, mortgage foreclosures and landlord-tenant disputes.  Brian is a certified mediator of the Delaware Superior Court and a member of the panel of mediators serving the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  His role as a mediator adds a unique perspective in resolving disputes without the additional expense of litigation.

    Brian represents secured and unsecured creditors, including landlords and trade creditors in bankruptcy matters. He has served as counsel to liquidating trustees in pursuing adversary actions and also regularly represents clients defending preference litigation.  His involvement in middle market and mega Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases includes:

    Aleris International, Inc. Linen N’ Things
    American La France Meadowcraft, Inc.
    American Home Mortgage Memorex Telex Corporation
    American Safety Razor Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Bally Total Fitness Montgomery Ward Holding Corporation
    Buffet Holdings, Inc. Orion Refining Corporation
    Centennial Coal Owens Corning
    Channel Master Pillowtex Corporation
    Discovery Zone Safety-Kleen Corporation
    Dura Automotive Sportsman Warehouse Inc.
    Fleming Co., Inc. Sun Healthcare Group, Inc.
    Factory 2-U Stores TransWorld Airlines
    Foxmeyer Drug Company Ultimate Acquisition Partners
    General Motors US Office Products Company
    Goodys Family Clothing, Inc. Valley Media
    Gottsschalks, Inc. Velocity Express Corporation
    Hechinger Investment Company Delaware, Inc. Verasun Energy Corporation
    I.T. Group Winstar
    Lexington Health Care

     

    Representative Clients.

    Acadia Realty Trust Humana, Inc.
    Alon USA Kenwood USA
    Bank of the Eastern Shores Kirlwood Fitness & Racquetball Club
    Bank of New York Mattel Inc.
    Beneficial National Bank Pacific Realty Associates, LP (Pac Trust)
    Brinker International Quest Pharmaceutical Services
    Campbell Soup Company Security Title & Guaranty Company
    Cardinal Health Shell Chemical
    Churchill Downs Siemens Information & Communications
    Colorado Petroleum Stewart Title Guaranty Company
    Commerce Bank, N.A. Susquehanna Bank
    Envision Peripherals, Inc. Synnex Corporation
    Ford Motor Credit Corporation TD Bank, N.A.
    Finova Capital Waste Management Corporation

     

    Bar Admissions

    • Delaware, 1986
    • United States District Court, District of Delaware, 1987

    Education

    • University of Delaware (B.A., 1982)
    • University of Dayton (J.D. 1985)
      • University of Dayton Law Review
        • Member, 1983-1985
        • Case Note Editor, 1984-1985,
        • Author: “Public School Searches and the Fourth Amendment” University of Dayton Law Review 521 (cited as “worth reading” by the National Law Journal)
    • Mark B. Holzman Academic Scholarship
      • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Michael Merz, United States Magistrate, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1985

    Activities and Affiliations

    • Delaware State Bar Association
      • Commercial Law Section
      • Real & Personal Property Law Section
      • Bankruptcy Section
    • American Bar Association
      • Business Law Section
      • Real Property Section
      • Litigation Section
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Certified Delaware Superior Court Mediator and Mediator for the Bankruptcy Court- District of Delaware
    • Instructor, Commercial Law and Creditor Rights, Wesley College, 1990
  • Mary Elizabeth M. Browder, Member

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    Mary Beth Browder has been an attorney at Monzack Mersky McLaughlin and Browder since 1994.  Mary Beth’s practice focuses on Federal and State Tax Law, Estate Planning, Corporate Law, Limited Liability Company Law, Alternative Corporate Entity Law, Business Transactions, and Probate.  Mary Beth’s expertise arises from her ability to interlace her extensive tax law knowledge with commercial, corporate, and estate planning issues.  Mary Beth frequently partners with the firm’s real estate practice group to provide tax planning while structuring complex real estate transactions.

    Mary Beth works very closely with her clients – large and small – to provide a level of communication that only a boutique firm can provide, and to produce results expected from a traditional “big” firm.

    Mary Beth practiced with the international firm of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in Washington, DC before joining Monzack Mersky McLaughlin and Browder more than 18 years ago.

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida, 1987
    • Maryland, 1988
    • Delaware, 1994

    Education

    • Georgetown University M.L.T. 1991
    • George Washington University (J.D. with Honors, 1987)
      • George Washington University Law Review, 1986-1987
    • Stetson University (B.B.A., 1984)

    Memberships

    • Delaware State Bar Association
      • Taxation Section
      • Estate Planning Section
  • Michael C. Hochman, Member

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    Michael’s practice concentrates on Commercial and Corporate Litigation, as well as Business and Real Estate Transactions and Administrative Law.  While focusing on creative and efficient pre-trial resolution, Michael also has extensive jury trial, non-jury trial, and oral argument experience in both Federal and State courts.  He regularly advises clients on general commercial law, interpretation of partnership and limited liability company agreements, and matters of corporate governance.

    Prior to joining Monzack Mersky McLaughlin and Browder, Michael practiced in Washington, DC with nationally- and internationally-known law firms with their litigation, information technology, and intellectual property practice groups.  Michael also was a trial lawyer with the State of Delaware’s Office of the Public Defender, representing indigent clients facing felony indictments.

    After receiving his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, Michael clerked for the Honorable Myron T. Steele, Delaware Court of Chancery, who later served as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 2004-2014.  He is committed to providing pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer and is a volunteer guardian ad litem with the Office of the Child Advocate in Delaware. He has also served as a board member of the Bernard & Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Michael has also served as an advisor and officer for several political campaigns and committees at the state and national levels.  He speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

    Bar Admissions

    • Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
    • United States District Court, District of Delaware
    • United States District Court, District of Columbia

    Education

      • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1990)
      • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1995)
      • Boston College Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, Member

    Memberships

    • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • New York Bar Association
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, Master