Melinda Colon Cox, Esq.

 

President

Melinda Colón Cox, Esq. is a Partner at the law firm of Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLP (“PIB Law”) in Somerset, New Jersey.  PIB Law was founded in February 2011, and Melinda was their first associate, hired in October 2011.  PIB Law is now a national firm with offices in Somerset, New Jersey; Costa Mesa, California; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts.  Melinda was elevated to a partner in August 2015, making her the first female partner in PIB Law’s Somerset headquarters.  Mrs. Cox represents national banks and financial institutions, mortgage lenders and servicers, and small and large businesses with an emphasis in commercial litigation, contested foreclosures, consumer finance and protection, contract disputes, and state and federal regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining the law firm of Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLP, Mrs. Cox was a law clerk to the Hon. Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J. in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to her clerkship, Mrs. Cox was an associate at a large New Jersey firm, as a member of the Redevelopment Team, Redevelopment Strategic Business Unit Team and the Commercial Real Estate Team.

Mrs. Cox received her B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York, graduating magna cum laude. She received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, where she was the Senior Articles Editor for the Rutgers Law Review, President of the Association of Latin American Law Students, a Student Bar Association Class Representative and Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Minority Student Program. Melinda has been on the Board of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey since 2008, co-founded the Young Lawyers Committee in 2009 and in 2015 reinstated the publication and circulation of the Abogados Newsletter. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (elected as a Fellow to the inaugural class of the 2015 Leadership Academy and member of the Diversity Committee and Professional Ethics Committee and Leadership Academy Committee), the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”), the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, and the National Women’s Law Center’s Leadership Advisory Committee. Melinda also is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee and was recognized by the Executive Women of New Jersey as an Honoree at the 2018 Salute to Policy Makers Gala, and by the Association of Latin American Law Students at Rutgers Law School – Newark in 2017.  Melinda has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2014 through 2019 and received the HNBA’s Top Lawyers Under 40 in 2019.

Melinda’s parents were both born in Puerto Rico and came to New Jersey as young children.  Striving to build the American Dream for their children, her parents worked tirelessly – sometimes 2-3 jobs each, to ensure that she and her family had the education and means to succeed. She grew up in both Jersey City and Rutherford, New Jersey, graduating Salutatorian from Rutherford High School.  Melinda has an older sister and brother, Vivian Colón and Carlos Colón, as well as other siblings Carlos Manuel, Lillian, Jasmin, Michelle, Joshua, and William, her stepmom Nancy, and countless nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who Melinda loves dearly.

Melinda is married to Kevin Edward Cox.  She met Kevin in 2001 at Union College and they have been together ever since, married on September 24, 2011, with a few HBA-NJ members in her bridal party and many HBA-NJ friends in attendance.  Melinda and Kevin were blessed with their first son, Logan Carter Cox, on November 21, 2018.  The Cox family is fortunate to have Melinda’s mother, Hilda Camacho, living with them and watching over their precious son.

Family is everything to Melinda and it is the reason she has become the person she is today. Through the support and loyalty of her family, Melinda found her strength and her voice, knowing that her family will always stand beside her.  Melinda dedicates this evening to her entire family for all of their love, inspiration and encouragement throughout the years.   Her family inspired this year's theme: Rise Up - Engage, Empower, Educate!

 

 

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Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

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