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 represents purchasers of assets of distressed businesses both in and out of court. Michael also has experience representing creditors' committees and liquidating trustees in various bankruptcy matters.
Michael earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2003. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 2000.
Michael has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including:
•Oil & Gas
•Golf Channel Stuck In the Bunker After Fifth Circuit Reversal
•Study Shows High Overall Franchise Unit Turnover
•Private Equity Firm May Be Subject to WARN Act Liability of Its Bankrupt Subsidiaries
•What Should We Make of the Recent Wage Protests at McDonald's?
•Lenders Beware: Recent Sixth Circuit Ruling May Add Hurdles To Secured Creditors Seeking Relief From The Automatic Stay
•Potential Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Restaurants
•24 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•26 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
• The Pendulum Has Swung: A Sea Change in Directors' Fiduciary Duties Under Delaware Law, TMA Turnaround Times-Ohio (May/June 2015), Author
•“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
•Challenges in the oil and gas industry: A briefing for accountants Wednesday, June 17, 2015
• Shale Oil and Gas-It Is Boom or Bust! Geauga Growth Partnership (March 2015)
Honors and Awards
•Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2009-2015)
•“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)
Public Service and Volunteerism
•Family Promise of Greater Cleveland (Board of Directors, Chair of Governance Committee)
•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