About Us

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The Meola Law Firm is the culmination of Rudy Meola’s 25+ year practice of representing automotive finance and leasing companies and banks in New York State on all aspects of vehicle recovery.

 

The Firm was founded with the goal of providing a focused resource for lenders who are seeking an energetic, innovative, tenacious and cost effective approach to solving reoccurring NY legal problems such as unjustified losses due to:

 

Garage/tow yard claims, College Point impounds, DUI forfeitures, bankruptcy stays and cram-downs, vehicle skips, charge-off debts, title frauds, dealer conversions and denial of lienholder insurance claims.

 

Rudy Meola’s dedication to protecting lender/auto finance rights can be seen favorable decisions achieved in numerous litigation cases in State and Bankruptcy Courts, including:

  • M&T Bank v Alberto, 271 BR 223, holding that a Bank cannot be sanctioned for not immediately turning over a car repossessed just before a Chapter 13 filing
  • Nassau Co. v Canesto and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., 41 AD3d 760 holding that a lienholder’s rights cannot be impaired in a DUI forfeiture case
  • American Honda Finance Corp v Pt. Authority, 24 Misc3d 475 holding that a governmental authority must send notice certified mail before it can charge storage fees to a lienholder
  • Vucich v GMAC, 31 AD3d 864, holding that alleged injuries allegedly caused in a repossession are not the strict liability of the lender
  • Toyota Motor Credit Corp v Young Lee Corp, 10403-08, holding that a defective garage lien sale will be reversed and the vehicle released to the lienholder

The Firm is located in Albany, the State capital.  The Firm has developed strategic alliances with outstanding local counsel which allows the Firm to appear anywhere in New York State, including the New York City area.