Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. welcomes three new associates to the firm

September 1, 2022


Martin J. Crowley

Cecilio I. Porras

Melissa Turk Firmage


Chuhak & Tecson is pleased to announce that Martin J. Crowley, Melissa Turk Firmage and Cecilio I. Porras have join the firm as associates.

Martin Crowley is an associate in the Banking group. He concentrates his practice on assisting financial institutions with their transactional and litigation-based legal needs. He helps secured and unsecured lenders protect their interests in a variety of banking matters, including vehicle forfeitures, residential and commercial foreclosure and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) disputes.

Cecilio “Cy” Porras, an associate in the Banking group, enjoys assisting his clients through the maze of litigation, UCC and bankruptcy matters. His experience includes pursuing claims and collection actions against difficult borrowers and guarantors. Cy represents banks, equipment lessors, finance companies, lease brokers and equipment vendors on a nationwide basis in commercial litigation, bankruptcies, transactional and appellate matters.

“We are very excited to add Cy and Martin to our banking team,” said Edmond M. Burke, principal and practice group leader of the Banking group. “We know how competitive the legal market is for talented young lawyers and look forward to watching these two attorneys further develop their skills as they help our team continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

Melissa “Missy” Turk Firmage is an associate in the Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation and Estate Planning & Asset Protection practice groups. She focuses her practice on contested and routine guardianship matters, estate and trust litigation and administration, breach of fiduciary duty claims and fiduciary defense, elder law and trust and estate-related appellate work.

Lindsey Paige Markus, head of the firm’s 24-attorney Trusts & Estates practice group shared, “We are thrilled to have Missy  — a smart, dynamic and energetic attorney — join our extraordinary Trust & Estate’s team. I look forward to watching her grow and I am confident that all of us will learn from this gifted attorney.”