Marissa Soto is a strong advocate to help you gain the results you need. As part of her private practice, Marissa handles Article 81 proceedings, surrogate court proceedings, including will contests, trust and estate matters, election law matters, small business sales, immigration cases, appeals work, and personal injury cases among others. She also works with a close network of other local attorneys to ensure that the proper manpower is available and applied to all cases regardless of their size or complexity.
Marissa Soto began her law career as an associate with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, one of the top 100 law firms in the United States. As a first year associate, Marissa worked on the highly complex bankruptcy for the auto parts manufacturer, Delphi, and from the beginning was involved in fast paced, high stakes litigation – pivotal to her client’s interests. She briefly left the firm in 2007 to serve as law clerk to a United States Bankruptcy Court Judge, the Honorable Martin Glenn. She returned to the firm in 2008 specializing in bankruptcy and progressed from a junior to a senior associate working on a number of large multi-million and billion dollar matters including Station Casinos and other out-of-court restructurings. Never losing sight of what mattered most, during her time at the firm, Marissa Soto always made time to take on a number of complex pro bono immigration matters, including asylum and VAWA cases.
Marissa continued at the firm until early 2013, when she stepped away from the corporate world to focus her legal career on her community – New York City and in particular – the Bronx. In 2015, Marissa was elected Counsel to the Bronx Democratic County Committee.
Prior to pursuing law, Marissa Soto was an accounting major, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She worked as a Certified Internal Auditor for a textile company in North Carolina after graduating from college. With this experience Marissa is comfortable with financial analysis and business transactions that small businesses often face. Even before becoming a lawyer, Marissa Soto was an advocate, fighting for justice and fair treatment for all. Marissa Soto graduated from New York University School of Law. While still in law school, Marissa served as co-chair of the student organization, Coalition for Legal Recruiting, which was active in working with law school administration in increasing the diversity of law school faculty. Ms. Soto was also the co-chair of the Latino Law Student Association and responsible for initiating several programs and events that continued for many years after her graduation.
Marissa Soto was born in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx and has been very fortunate in her life and career so that she has a unique understanding of a variety of socioeconomic groups. As a result, s he is committed to the New York City community. Despite her busy legal practice, Marissa Soto still serves those in need and the legal community through her pro bono community involvement. As the Vice-President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Ms. Soto has been active in community outreach activities from the beginning. She was responsible for organizing a Deferred Action Childhood Arrival Clinic in the Bronx in collaboration with several bar associations and the NYS Department of State. Marissa also played a vital role as Chair of the Community Affairs in the implementation of the PRBA’s community outreach program, in which the PRBA partners with an elementary school in the Bronx to provide mentorship and information on available career paths in the law. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of a number of not-for-profit organizations including, the New York Council on Adoptable Children and Legal Services of New York City – Bronx County. She is also a member of the New York City Mayor’s Committee on City Marshals.