Melissa is a native Houstonian who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston before attending Rutgers School of Law. At Rutgers, Melissa had the unique opportunity to study law abroad under the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, William H. Rehnquist. Melissa participated in the Jessup International Moot Court Team and the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team, which traveled to Vienna, Austria to compete with schools from around the world. After law school, Melissa clerked in New Jersey district court. Since returning to Houston, Melissa has been practicing bankruptcy law in the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. After several years at large firms, she co-founded Valdez & Paré LLP.
Melissa has over 7 years experience in representing debtors in all stages of chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies. Melissa is active in continuing legal education for practicing lawyers and teaches Continuing Legal Education courses in topics such as "Introduction to Bankruptcy" and "Chapter 7 101." Melissa believes in making a commitment to her clients to continuously strive for the best outcome for them.
University of Houston; Houston, TX
B.A. Communication, 2001
Rutgers University School of Law; Camden, NJ
In re Grayson, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 4367. Entered 09/19/2012, SDTX.
Disallowing the claim of title loan company as void due to various violations of the Texas Credit Services Organization Act.
In re Armistead, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 3629. Entered 08/03/2012, SDTX.
Clarifies that Federal Rule 3001 does not preempt SDTX Local Rule 3001-1, which requires home loan mortgage proofs of claim to include a detailed loan history.
Honorable Thomas S. Smith, Jr., Burlington County, NJ
District of Columbia, 2007
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2007
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2009
Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (HACBA)
The Arthur L. Moller - David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inns of Court
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
Melissa E. Valdez, Esq.