Ms. Middlebrooks is the Immediate Past-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section. She serves as a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Legislative Section; a Founding Member and formerly a Master with the Bankruptcy Inn of Court; a frequent lecturer; served multiple times as a Panelist for the Annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference (ICLE); authored numerous articles, including “What Every Practitioner Should Know About Bankruptcy Before One is Filed” published by the prestigious New Jersey Lawyer – The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association.
Ms. Middlebrooks is a litigator in both state and federal courts with numerous reported decisions. She has also been an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at Union County College.
While in law school at Seton Hall University School of Law (1984 graduate), Ms. Middlebrooks served on the Legislative Journal as Associate Editor. She was awarded the law school’s faculty award for “Most Outstanding Contribution to the Law School and the Community.”
After completing her judicial clerkship, Ms. Middlebrooks became a bankruptcy lawyer associate for eight years with McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey. Thirty years ago, in 1993, she opened her “bankruptcy boutique” law firm serving medium-sized Chapter 11 cases, as well as individual Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 matters.
Ms. Middlebrooks was named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business.
A graduate from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College with a B.A. with honors (1975), she received a M.A. from Columbia University (1976) and her J.D. from Seton Hall University (1984). She came to law following a career as an educator and was elected three times to the Union Township Board of Education where she served as President. Ms. Middlebrooks is proud of her three children, one of whom, Joseph Middlebrooks Shapiro, Esq. is her law partner and her daughter, Jessica Middlebrooks Minecci, Esq. is an associate with the Firm. Her late husband, Richard Paul Shapiro, Esq., was also her law partner and a graduate of Seton Hall Law School (1987).