is a skilled general business and litigation attorney with over 15 years of experience litigating for and advising large banking and financial institutions, insurance/oil & gas/mining companies, construction companies, and various small businesses on complex business matters, including business torts, contract formation and interpretation, and novel bankruptcy issues.
Prior to starting Edwards Law, Ms. Edwards litigated mortgage loan servicing and lending issues for major financial institutions. While at Akerman LLP (a top 100 law firm according to the National Law Journal NLJ 350), Ms. Edwards was recognized as the first female homegrown partner of Akerman’s National Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance Practice Group. In this leadership position, she successfully defended mortgage loan servicers, investors, and originators in class actions, individual lawsuits, and bankruptcy adversary cases at the motion to dismiss and summary judgment stages. For example, she successfully moved to dismiss three putative class action lawsuits concerning loan modification issues and unfair business practices against large banking and financial servicing institutions, and obtained a favorable ruling for the foreclosure industry in Colorado when the Tenth Circuit affirmed the legality of Colorado’s foreclosure laws in McDonald v. OneWest Bank, F.S.B., 680 F.3d 1264 (10th Cir. 2012) and Mbaku v. Bank of Am., Nat’l Ass’n, No. 14-1379 (10th Cir. June 15, 2015).
With this substantial litigation experience in the highest courts in the region, Ms. Edwards now works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to anticipate potential issues with their business matters, as well as to initiate and manage commercial and civil liability disputes, such as contracts, commercial law matters, breach of contract and business torts, and unfair competition/unfair business practices/defamation issues.
Ms. Edwards is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Colorado, California, New York, and New Jersey. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, all of the District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits.