Michelle M. Monte
Vice President, General Counsel
Michelle M. Monte is the Vice President, General Counsel for Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc. After being with the company for over five years, is now rejoining the executive team after her over three years’ time as a partner in the law firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook and Cooper, P.C., with its main office located in Westfield, New Jersey. As the Vice President General Counsel, Michelle continues to have overall responsibility for the corporate legal function of the company and works closely with the principals and senior management to oversee all legal matters for the company, including directing expert counsel assigned in the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright, employment, environmental, corporate, and real estate. Michelle has diverse experience in several substantive areas of law and is required to manage multiple matters simultaneously, be business-oriented, and responsive, while working with executives, employees, and outside distributors and independent contractors, in its day to day operations.
Ms. Monte began her career practicing insurance defense, personal injury, real estate, corporate, matrimonial, and landlord tenant law and thereafter accepted a position representing commercial and consumer banking clients, as well as small trusts and estates, real estate, and corporate clients. The firm later merged, with Michelle continuing her practice for five years in the real estate, banking, and consumer debt area before accepting a position in a Princeton firm to become the supervising attorney in charge of a growing consumer banking practice. As part of her obligations, Michelle worked closely with the firm’s IT personnel on emerging file management systems to handle the ever growing electronic and timeline related demands of the department’s banking clients and government agencies. Her duties also included training associate and support staff and marketing, both on-site and electronically, with the department’s banking clients. Michelle also managed the department’s thousand file case load and outside vendors, while individually handling several hundred of her own cases.
Michelle is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, the Mercer County Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Société de Chimie Industrielle, and was a member of the Association of Corporate Growth-New Jersey, BNI Tigers of Mercer County, and the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club. She has been a lecturer of New Jersey’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education and co-writer of the seminar texts: The ABC’s of Foreclosure and Foreclosure for Paralegals. She was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rider University, Lawrenceville Campus, a member of the English Department and Law and Justice Program and was an adjunct Assistant Professor at Mercer County Community College, in the Arts and Communications Division, having taught public speaking and human communications. Ms. Monte was also a part-time lecturer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Livingston Campus, for the Writing Program, in the area of business. Michelle is currently serving as a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister of Mercer County charitable program.
Ms. Monte holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with Minors in English and Finance from Ursinus College and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law.
She is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.