Representative Matters

Hale Lake represents mortgage lenders and servicers in complex litigation involving loan origination and servicing, including allegations of wrongful foreclosure, violations of consumer protection statutes, servicer compliance with HAMP and loss mitigation efforts, and enforcement of priority liens against real property.

In her bankruptcy practice, Ms. Lake represents secured creditors in adversary proceedings concerning the nature and extent of their secured liens and defending against claims asserted by debtors and trustees.

Ms. Lake also has considerable real estate litigation experience representing numerous property owners and lenders in resolution of title defects and in title claims litigation in Massachusetts state courts.

She also assists clients in defending against professional liability claims in Massachusetts.

Professional Background

Ms. Lake has experience representing lenders, public companies, title insurance companies, small businesses, commercial landlords, shareholders and individuals in a wide variety of real estate, consumer, business and bankruptcy litigation. She also has handled civil appeals to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, the New York State Court of Appeals and the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Lake was an attorney at a boutique business law firm in Boston representing banks, small businesses and title insurers in a variety of commercial workout, real estate and general civil litigation matters. Her practice also included the representation of creditors and bankruptcy trustees in proceedings before the Bankruptcy courts in Massachusetts and New York.

Ms. Lake began her career in New York where she represented clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, she was counsel to numerous parties involved in the Bernard L. Madoff Securities LLC liquidation proceeding. Ms. Lake previously concentrated her practice in election law matters representing public bodies, municipalities and elected officials at both the trial court and appellate level.

Professional Affiliations

  • CREW Boston, Member, 2017–Present 
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 2014–Present
    • Mock Trial Committee, Member, 2014–Present; Chair, 2017–Present 
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Member, 2016–Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Member, 2011–Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, 2007–Present

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under Forty, 2018

Representative Matters

Ms. Lake has worked on a number of high profile cases. A selection of her representative matters includes:

  • First litigation on behalf of a trust beneficiary against Peter Madoff as a fiduciary arising out of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme (Nassau County Supreme Court, 2009).
  • A case of first impression concerning new voting legislation enacted by a state legislature (New York, 2010).
  • Litigation surrounding significant voter redistricting arising from the results of the 2010 census and the implications of redistricting in local elections (New York, 2011).

Community/Civic Activities

Ms. Lake is a member of the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee. She has also been a member of The Junior League of Boston since 2012 having served as Annual Fund Co-Chair (2013-2014, 2015-2016), New Member Advisor (2014–2015, 2015–2016), and serves on its board of directors as the Director of Training for 2017–2018.

J.D., cum laude, St. John's University School of Law, 2007

  • Executive Articles Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Moot Court Honor Society

B.A., English, Boston College, 2004

  • Member, Order of the Cross and Crown Honor Society