McGlinchey Stafford recently announced the addition of three new members of the firm, all of whom were formerly of counsel at the firm.

The three new members include:

• Mikelle Bliss (commercial litigation, New York)

• Lynette Hotchkiss (consumer financial services compliance, Nashville, Tenn.)

• Michael Odom (real estate, Birmingham, Ala.)

According to a news release, Charles “Chase” Stoecker (labor and employment, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has been named Of Counsel.

“I am proud to welcome these colleagues into the ranks of Membership and Counsel within the McGlinchey family,” said Michael Ferachi, managing member of the firm.

“Mikelle, Lynette, Michael, and Chase have been wonderful additions to our team, and I congratulate them on these new positions. I am also delighted that these attorneys reflect the diversity we see as the future of McGlinchey,” Ferachi continued in the news release.

Bliss joined the firm in 2019. She serves as managing attorney of the New York office and focuses her practice on defense of consumer protection and lender liability claims in state and federal courts.

Bliss has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients on mortgage servicing quality control and the constantly changing New York regulatory landscape. She has previous experience with a variety of legal matters, including construction litigation, fraud claims, property disputes, commercial foreclosures, corporate representation, and estate litigation.

“As a member, I am excited to continue partnering with my colleagues, for whom I have great respect, as we grow our firm in service of clients' needs,” Bliss said.

Hotchkiss joined McGlinchey in 2020 and has previous experience as general counsel and other in-house roles at banks, and as a senior regulator within the federal government. Hotchkiss advises financial institutions on legal and regulatory matters related to consumer financial protection, corporate governance, risk management, and other bank safety and soundness issues.

“I look forward to continuing to serve banking and consumer finance clients in the role as Member in the Consumer Financial Services Compliance practice group,” Hotchkiss said. “It is an honor to hold this role among many esteemed attorneys.”

Odom joined the firm’s Birmingham office in 2018. He has represented clients in a broad array of real estate transactions, finance, and litigation. Michael represents banks, other lenders, and title insurance companies in a full range of transactions and disputes, and has represented landowners whose property is being condemned through eminent domain.

With more than 25 years of litigation experience, Odom serves as an arbitrator and mediator and is registered on the Alabama State Court mediation roster and the Alabama arbitrator roster.

“I am very proud to be named a member at McGlinchey, where I will continue the standard of excellent service delivered to our clients,” Odom said.

Stoecker joined the firm in 2017 as an associate. 

“He is a talented trial lawyer whose practice spans a wide variety of commercial litigation topics including labor and employment as well as consumer financial services matters at the state, federal, and appellate levels,” the firm said. Chase has written extensively to advise clients on topics ranging from employers’ COVID-19 protocols to litigation updates and reports.”

Stoecker added, “Being named of counsel at McGlinchey is an exciting development in my practice. I look forward to serving clients alongside my colleagues in this capacity.”