Hale Lake brings more than a decade of experience to her trial and litigation practice. In addition to her distinguished work with consumer financial services litigation, she has developed a broader practice defending financial services clients—from small businesses and individuals to shareholders and public companies—in the often interrelated fields of real estate law, bankruptcy, and banking law.
When presented with complex litigation—particularly matters involving loan origination and servicing—mortgage servicers and lenders rely on Hale's experience with claims involving wrongful foreclosure, violations of consumer protection statutes, compliance with HAMP and loss mitigation efforts, enforcement of priority liens against real property, and others. She has guided clients through the flood of litigation and enforcement actions following the housing crisis and recession.
In addition to defending the interests of secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, Hale represents property owners and lenders in the resolution of title defects and in title claims litigation. She also advises real estate agents and brokers facing liability and negligence claims.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Hale practiced at a boutique business law firm in Boston where she counseled banks, small businesses, and title insurers in 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.
Hale began her legal career in New York where she worked with clients on 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. Hale previously concentrated her practice in election law matters representing public bodies, municipalities, and elected officials at both the trial court and appellate level.
During law school, Hale was involved in a number of activities and associations, including serving as the Executive Articles Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Boston Bar Association
- CREW Boston
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Mock Trial Committee, Chair, 2017 – 2019
- Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
Honors & Awards
- Honoree, Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2018
- Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 – 2018
- St. John's University School of Law
- Moot Court Honor Society
- Boston College
- Order of the Cross and Crown Honor Society
- St. John's University School of Law
- Successfully argued that borrower in Chapter 13 bankruptcy case was collaterally estopped from re-litigating her challenges to her mortgage because the issues were determined in prior action where the debtor had a full and fair opportunity to litigate her claims. There were no violations of the bankruptcy automatic stay and debtor could not prove the invalidity of her mortgage loan.
- Defended institutional client against try title claims of a plaintiff alleging he acquired title to real property through adverse possession where plaintiff—who was imprisoned at the time—had no legitimate title to the property despite his claim that he was in constructive possession for two decades.
- Represented nationwide client in bankruptcy court, federal court and state court in multiple litigations filed by borrowers trying to avoid foreclosure of their property for several years. Successfully obtained judgments in client's favor across all three courts resolving a near seven year dispute.
- First litigation on behalf of a trust beneficiary against Peter Madoff as a fiduciary arising out of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi Scheme.
Hale is a contributing editor with the American Bankruptcy Institute's VOLO Project. Her other publications include:
- Contributing Author, "Goldfeder's Modern Election Law," 3rd Edition, 2012
- First Circuit Bankruptcy Panel Affirms "Gavel Rule" as Determinative of When a Bankruptcy Debtor's Right of Redemption Terminates
- Massachusetts Mortgage Holders Beware — Foreclosure Winning Bids May Now Need to Consider Development Potential of a Property
- Congress Waters Down Dodd-Frank for Small and Regional Banks, Updates Consumer Protections
- Supreme Court Watch: Cities CAN Sue Banks for Predatory Lending
Consumer Crossroads: Where Financial Services and Litigation Intersect
- February 13, 2017
- October 28, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- August 24, 2015
- June 9, 2015
- November 25, 2014
- May 28, 2014
In addition to being a thought leader in the areas of consumer financial services, bankruptcy, and election law, Hale is an active member of the legal community and the city of Boston.
- Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee
- Council for Women of Boston College, Associate Member
- Fenway CDC, Housing Committee Member
- The Junior League of Boston
- Annual Fund, Co-Chair, 2013 – 2014, 2015 – 2016
- New Member Advisor, 2014 – 2016
- Board of Directors, Director of Training, 2017 – 2018; At-Large Board Member, 2018 – 2020
J.D., cum laude, St. John's University School of Law, 2007
B.A., Boston College, 2004
- New Hampshire
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York