Maria A. Milano,

Principal

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BIO

Maria joined Riddell Williams in 1998 and is a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights, Corporate Transactions and Finance, and Litigation practice groups. During her time at Riddell Williams her practice has become more focused on commercial lending documentation, secured transactions and representing creditors in bankruptcy matters including defending preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions.

Representative Matters

Maria has served as lead counsel for over a decade representing a major technology company based in the Northwest in preference and fraudulent transfer adversary proceeding actions filed in Bankruptcy Courts throughout the country.

Maria has recently represented national banks in numerous large transactions with dollar values up to $67,500,000 with transaction types ranging from tax exempt bond acquisitions, advice on existing loans and bonds, commercial loan documentation with complex collateral, modification agreements, and syndicated loan documentation.

“Commercial Real Estate Financing: The Borrower’s Perspective,” ALI-ABA, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, July 2009.

 

“Using Real Estate Financing Commitment Letters to the Borrower’s Advantage,” ABA, GP/Solo Law Trends and News, Fall 2008, Vol. 5, No. 1.

 

“Does a Prior Bankruptcy Bar Your Claim?” King County Bar Bulletin, February 2008.

 

ABA, Business Law Section, UCC and CFS Newsletter, co-editor (2006-2008).

 

Sisters-in-Law Book Review, ABA Business Law Today Magazine (July/August 2005).

 

“Bankruptcy Basics-What Every Credit Union Employee Should Know,” Focus, a publication of the Washington State Credit Union League and Affiliates (December 2004).

 

“Collection Costs Upon Default,” Focus Online, a publication of the Washington Credit Union League and Affiliates (August 13, 2003).

 

“Are Some Lenders Watching ‘The Sopranos’? The Debut of Phantom Interest,” American Bar Association Commercial Law Newsletter (March 2002).

 

“Rumors of Deprizio’s Death Were Not Greatly Exaggerated,” (in the Ninth Circuit), American Bar Association Commercial Law Newsletter (March 2001).

Maria has been designated a Washington Rising Star®. Maria received numerous annual Pro Bono Publico Commendations from the Washington State Bar. Maria also received the 2008 Dependency CASA of the Year Award. She also served as the UCC editor for the ABA Business Law Section UCC and CFS newsletter from 2006-2008.

 

 

Maria has been selected to serve as panel mediator for the Western District of Washington’s Honorable Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program. She served on the Board of Directors of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC). Maria also served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for abused and neglected children through the King County Juvenile Courts and on the Board of Directors for New Beginnings, an agency providing shelter and advocacy for battered women and their children.

 

Maria has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching UCC Sales and Secured Transactions. She qualified and testified as an expert on Article 2, Sales, of the Uniform Commercial Code in United States of America v. Arthur Montour, aka “Sugar Montour”, Kenneth Hill and the Native Wholesale Supply, United States District Court, W.D. WA, No. CR09-00214MJP. She is also a regular speaker at CLE’s and presents on secured lending and bankruptcy topics.

Maria received her B.A. in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1996 and her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law, in 1999.

Maria A. Milano's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Maria Milano chosen for panel of mediators with the Western District of Washington’s Honorable Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program

Maria Milano has been chosen to participate in the panel of mediators with the Western District of Washington’s Honorable Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program. The Honorable Thomas T. … read more

Commercial Real Estate Financing: The Borrower’s Perspective

Published in The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, July 2009 Tough times notwithstanding, there are ways for the commercial real estate borrower to use the lending process to its … read more