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Melanie L. Cyganowski


Current Position

Otterbourg P.C.
230 Park Avenue
30th Floor
New York, NY 10169

Tel: 212-905-3667
Fax: 212-682-6104

Class: XXV (2014)Circuit: Second


Grinnell College, A.B. (1974)
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (1981)

Professional Career

Partner, Otterbourg P.C. (2008-)
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP (2007-08)
Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (2005-07); U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (1993-07), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
Adjunct Professor, St. John's School of Law, LL.M. Program in Bankruptcy (2000-)
Senior Attorney (Litigation), Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (1989-93)
Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell (1982-89)
Law Clerk, Hon. Charles L. Brieant, U.S.D.J. Southern District of New York (1981-82)


American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Secretary, Alternative Disputes Committee (2012-); Judiciary Committee (2008-10); Bankruptcy Committee (2009-10)
Federal Bar Council
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
New York Institute of Credit, Board of Directors (2007-); Vice President, NYIC Women's Division (2007-)
New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, Chair, Nominations Committee (1993-); Treasurer (1992-93); Chair, Committee on Federal Judiciary (1990-92); Member of Executive Committee (1989-); Member of the ADR Committee (2013-)
New York State Bar Foundation, Fellow
Turnaround Management Association


"Interests Under Section 363: Tangible or Intangible," Norton Journal Bankruptcy Law Publication, Vol. 22, Issue 4 Dec 2013 Co-author
"The Examiner's Report," Examiners in Bankruptcy Cases: A Guide for Examiners, Courts and Practitioners, Association of the Bar of the City of New York Sep 2013 Editor and co-author
"The Evolving Application of the Public Policy Exception in Cross-Border Insolvencies," Insol World-First Quarter 2013 Co-author
"The Limits fo Comity in Cross-Border Insolvency," Corporate Live Wire Apr 2013 Co-author
Numerous other articles in American Bankruptcy Law Journal; Corporate Live Wire; Financier Worldwide; Buffalo Law Review; and other journals


SuperLawyers, Top 50 Women Attorneys in New York Metro Area (2012-); Bankruptcy (2007-)
The Best Lawyers in America (2012-)
United States Marshal Special Recognition Award (2007)
New York Institute of Credit, Trustee's Award (2007)
New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, "Hail to the Chiefs" Award (2006)