Michael D. Rubenstein: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

Michael D. Rubenstein

Phone(713) 651-2953

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Complex Business, Bankruptcy and Utility Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
Contact InfoTelephone: (713) 651-2953
Fax: (713) 651-2952
University Tulane University, B.S.M., cum laude, 1990 Beta Gamma Sigma
Law SchoolTulane University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1993 Order of the Coif, Tulane Law Review, Managing Editor and Member, 1991-1993
Admitted1994, Louisiana; 2004, Texas
BornShreveport, Louisiana, 1968

Mr. Rubenstein is a litigator with a diverse commercial practice encompassing business bankruptcy, complex business litigation, and criminal law. His bankruptcy practice is largely, though not exclusively, devoted to the representation of creditors in complex reorganizations.

Honors & Affiliations

•Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1993-1995

•American Law Institute, Elected Member, 2011 to present

•Member, Steering Committee, Death Penalty Representation Project, American Bar Association, 2013 to present

•Recipient, Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award, Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter 2009

•Governing Council of the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas - Member, 2007 to present; Secretary-Treasurer, 2008-2009; Chair-Elect, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010-2011

•American Bar Association - Section of Business Law, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Vice-Chair, Partnerships and Limited Liability Entities in Bankruptcy Committee (2012-2014), Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Chair, Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Litigation (2007-2011) & Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Ethics, Professionalism & Civility (2011 to present)

•Congregation Beth Israel, Member of Board of Trustees - 2011 to present

•The Selwyn School (Denton, Texas) - Board of Trustees, 2012 to present

•Tulane Alumni Association - President-Elect, 2014 to present; Vice President, 2013-2014; Law School Representative to the Board of Directors, 2011-2014

•Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification

•American Bankruptcy Institute - Member

•New Orleans, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations - Member

•Federal Bar Association, National Government Relations Committee, 2010 to present, New Orleans Chapter Board of Directors, 2002-2005, Louisiana Bar Foundation - fellow, 2002 to present

•fellow, Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, 2014 to present

•American Bar Foundation - fellow, 2014 to present

•United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana - Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, 1998-2007

Tulane Law Review - Board of Advisory Editors, 2003 to present

•Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law - Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Procedure, 2005

•Louisiana Supreme Court, Committee on Bar Admissions - Assistant Bar Examiner, Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence, 2003-2009

•Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, World's Championship Bar-BQ Committee - Committeeman, 2006-2011, Assistant Captain 2012-2014

•Teach for America Greater New Orleans Region - Community Advisory Board Chair 2001-2003; Member, 1998-2005

•New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center - Board of Directors, President, 2001-2003; Member, 1997-2005

•Anti-Defamation League - South Central Region Board, 2002-2005; Southwest Region Board, 2008 to present; Chair's Council, 2012 to present

•Congregation Temple Sinai - Treasurer, 2005; Board of Trustees, 1998-2005; Brotherhood President, 2003-2005

•Leadership Louisiana, Council for a Better Louisiana, 2003

•Young Leadership Council - Board of Directors, 1997-2000; Secretary and Counsel, 1997-1998

•Metropolitan Leadership Forum - Member, 1998

•Turnaround Management Association - Member


•Bankruptcy: Items of Interest for the Real Estate Lawyer - Seriously!, 29th Annual Real Estate Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, June 6, 2014

•Yes, No, and Maybe - What You Can, Can't, and Might be Able to do in Bankruptcy Asset Sales, 34th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 13, 2012

•Bankruptcy Sales: Free and Clear?, 27th Annual Real Estate Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, June 8, 2012

•Recent Developments: Prosecutorial Misconduct, 4th Annual White Collar Crime Symposium, New Orleans, 2012

•Bankruptcy Basics for Corporate Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter, May 2011

•Bankruptcy for Breakfast, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2007-2010, 2012-2013

•Privilege Under Fire, Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter, August 2009

•Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2009

•Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting, Dallas Texas, 2008

•Advanced Judgment Enforcement, Lorman Education Services, 2005

•Criminal Enforcement Measures and the Evaluation Engineer, Annual Meeting, Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, 2003

•Landlord-Tenant Issues in Bankruptcy, Joint Meeting of American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division and Tort Insurance Practice Section, 1998


•The New Texas Assignment of Rents Act and its Impact on Future Real Estate Loan Transactions

•Bankruptcy Litigation, Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2007-2012)

•Bankruptcy Reform Can Impact Commercial Real Estate Counsel, Texas Lawyer, March 12, 2007, at 23

•Circuit Court Update, Bankruptcy Litigation, Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2004 - 2006)

•Fifth Circuit Symposium: Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, (with Joanne O. Brodner), 46 Loy. L. Rev. 1029 (2000)

•Note, Bright v. Houston Northwest Medical Center Survivor, Inc.: Number of Weeks Spent on Call Not Relevant to Overtime Compensation Under the FLSA, 66 Tul. L. Rev. 1517 (1992)

Reported CasesRepresentative cases include: In re Greenfield Energy Services, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.) - Lead counsel for SWEPI L.P., a senior secured creditor. In re ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (Bankr. S.D. Tex.) - Lead counsel for both trade creditors and energy companies potentially responsible for substantial decommissioning obligations due to the Debtor's default. In re Superior Offshore International (Bankr. S.D. Tex.) -- Lead counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors; His practice also regularly includes the defense of preference litigation in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the United States. He is certified in the area of business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. Mr. Rubenstein has extensive experience in general business litigation and government enforcement proceedings. He also has substantial arbitration experience. In both the criminal and civil contexts, Mr. Rubenstein has managed complex and difficult electronic discovery projects. Also, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Mr. Rubenstein represented an inmate on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. This representation resulted in a compromise with the State whereby the client was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and a life sentence. In recognition of this work, Mr. Rubenstein received the Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the firm received the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

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Michael D. Rubenstein

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 1800
HoustonTX 77002


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