- Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy
- Debtor Representation
- Franchise Representation
- Business Counseling
- Creditors' Committees
- Distressed M & A
|University ||Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 2000|
|Law School||Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2003|
|Admitted||2003, Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
•Turnaround Management Association
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Co-Chair of publicity subcommittee for the William J. O'Neill, Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute (2008, 2009 and 2011) for Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
|Born||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978|
Michael focuses his practice on corporate restructuring, commercial bankruptcy, business counseling, and creditors' rights matters. As a Member in the firm's Business Restructuring Services Department, he represents businesses as debtors or creditors in various insolvency matters including chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, state-related insolvency proceedings, out-of-court workouts and restructurings and other commercial matters. Michael also has experience representing creditors' committees and liquidating trustees in various bankruptcy matters.
Michael's is wide-ranging and includes manufacturing, real estate, franchises, rental properties, plastics, energy, retail, automotive, healthcare, and insurance.
•Restructuring Concepts for Troubled Restaurant Franchisees, Ohio TMA News (May 2011), Co-author.
•Community Hospitals - Challenges and Trends, Ohio TMA News (June 2010), Co-author.
•The Bankruptcy Act Two Years Later: Why Trade Creditors Are Disappointed, Cleveland Bar Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3 (February 2008), Co-author.
Awards and Honors
•Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2009-2014)
•Big Brother of the Year - Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland (2003)
•Dean's Community Service Award - Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2002-2003)
•Student Leadership Award - Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2002-2003)
•Family Promise of Greater Cleveland (Board of Directors)
•A Kid Again (Northern Ohio Chapter Advisory Board Member)
•Washington & Lee University Alumni-Admissions Program (Chairman, NE Ohio Region)
•St. Ignatius High School Alumni Association
|Reported Cases||Chapter 11 Cases (Debtor); The Antioch Company, LLC - representing direct sale and scrap-booking company in chapter 11. (Bankr. D. Minn); Willard Rental Properties, LLP - represented a family-owned property management and home improvement company with 1,100 rental units in Northern Ohio in the successful chapter 11 reorganization of their businesses. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Duke and King Acquisition Corp. - represented franchisee of 92 Burger King® restaurants in a successful 363 asset sale and bankruptcy plan of liquidation. (Bankr. D. Minn.); CHA Hawaii, LLC - represented a Hawaiian hospital system in chapter 11 bankruptcy culminating in a plan of reorganization. (Bankr. D. Haw.); BPI Energy, Inc. - represented a producer of coal-bed methane gas in chapter 11 bankruptcy, including the sale of assets and confirmation of plan of liquidation. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); The Antioch Company - served as co-counsel in representation of a direct sale scrap-booking company in a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio); CCI of West Palm, Inc. - represented multiple New York and Florida franchisees of TGI Friday's® casual dining restaurant operations in chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Bankr. S.D. Fla.); Hydraulic Technologies, Inc. - served as co-counsel of an Ohio-based supplier of hydraulic lifts in the sale of its operations in chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Union Stamping & Assembly, LLC - represented a West Virginia-based Tier I automotive parts manufacturer in a 363 asset sale and subsequent winddown of its business in chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Bankr. S.D. W.Va.); Risk Management Alternatives, Inc. - represented a group of national accounts receivable management services companies in the administration of their chapter 11 bankruptcies, including the sale of substantially all of their assets and confirmation of a plan of liquidation. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Tiro Industries - represented a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of private-label hair-care and beauty products in a 363 sale of all assets and assisted in the administration of its chapter 11 bankruptcy case. (Bankr. D. Del.); Summitville Tiles, Inc. - represented an Ohio family-owned manufacturer of ceramic tile in a chapter 11 bankruptcy culminating in a successful reorganization of the business. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Gliatech, Inc. - represented an Ohio-based biotechnology manufacturer and developer in chapter 11, which resulted in the payment in full of all secured and general unsecured creditors. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Chapter 11 Cases (Creditors' Committee/Liquidating Trustee); Barzel Industries, Inc. - represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a Massachusetts-based metal manufacturer in chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Bankr. D. Del.); Huffy Corp. - represented the official committee of unsecured creditors appointed in the chapter 11 reorganization of a leading distributor of bicycles and other wheeled products with over $220 million of revenue; and the subsequent representation of the post-confirmation liquidating trustee appointed to administer estate assets for the benefit of unsecured creditors. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio); DT Industries, Inc. - represented the liquidating trustee appointed to administer assets for the benefit of unsecured creditors of an assembly products manufacturer and automotive supplier with over $200 million of revenue. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio); Out-of-Court Restructurings and Other Matters; Representing subordinated secured leader in Chapter 11 case of Illinois franchisee of Applebee's® restaurants. (Bankr. E.D. Ky); Represented a trust mortgage trustee in the winddown and liquidation of an Ohio-based lumber company. Represented a thermoform and injection-molded plastics company in an out-of-court debt restructuring. Represented an Ohio-based company specializing in the rental and sales of concrete forming and shoring equipment in the winddown and liquidation of its business. Representing a regional insurance company as a creditor in a variety of chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Represented a Michigan-based telecommunications company in an Article 9 sale of its business lines.|
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