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 broad experience allows him to assist clients in a wide variety of issues that their businesses may encounter.

Mr. Rubenstein's bankruptcy practice is largely, though not exclusively, devoted to the representation of creditors in complex reorganizations. Recently, he served as lead counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 liquidation of Superior Offshore International, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Tex). In that case, the Committee was a co-proponent of the plan that was confirmed, over the objection of a majority shareholder, by the bankruptcy court. Following confirmation of the plan, Mr. Rubenstein represented the Post-Confirmation Committee that oversaw the liquidation of the reorganized debtor. In that case, all of the creditors had their claims paid in full with interest. 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.

Outside of bankruptcy court, Mr. Rubenstein has experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, including energy, banking, steel, health care, and real estate, to name a few. By way of example, Mr. Rubenstein successfully represented a nursing home operator in an $11 million breach of contract action that was tried to verdict in the Western District of Texas. He also has experience successfully representing taxpayers in challenges to the assessment of illegal ad valorem taxes. His experience also includes energy litigation matters, such as exploration and production disputes and prosecution and defense of lien claims. He also has substantial arbitration experience. Mr. Rubenstein currently serves as Chair of the Section of Antitrust and Business Litigation of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Rubenstein also has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals targeted for prosecution by state and federal law enforcement. His practice encompasses every step in the criminal justice process, from pre-indictment negotiations through trial. In addition, he has particular experience coordinating responses to grand jury subpoenas and has conducted numerous internal investigations that have enabled clients to avoid prosecution. In both the criminal and civil contexts, Mr. Rubenstein has managed complex and difficult electronic discovery projects.

In addition, Mr. Rubenstein has substantial experience in a number of pro bono matters, including the successful representation, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, of 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.

Within the firm, Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the compensation, technology, and office administration committees. He also serves as the chair of the firm's library committee, with responsibility for both print and electronic resources.

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

· 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, Chair, Partnerships and Limited Liability Entities in Bankruptcy Committee (2012 to present), Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Chair, Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Litigation (2007-2011) & Vice-Chair Subcommittee on Ethics, Professionalism & Civility (2011 to present)

· 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

· New Orleans Chapter, Federal Bar Association - Board of Directors, 2002-2005

· Federal Bar Association, National Government Relations Committee, 2010 to present

· Louisiana Bar Foundation - fellow, 2002 to present

· United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana - Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, 1998 to present

· 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-b-que Committee - Member, 2006 to present

· 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

· Congregation Beth Israel, Member of Board of Trustees - 2011 to date

· The Selwyn School (Denton, Texas) - Board of Trustees, 2012 to date

· Tulane Alumni Association - Vice President, 2013 to date; Law School Representative to the Board of Directors, 2011-2013


· "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., 2010

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

· "Bankruptcy for Breakfast", American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 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

· "Bankruptcy for Breakfast," American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Fall Meeting, Washington DC, 2008

· "Bankruptcy for Breakfast: The Top Ten Developments in Bankruptcy Law and Litigation in 2007," American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Fall Meeting, 2007

· "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)


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Michael D. Rubenstein

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 1800
HoustonTX 77002


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