- 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
•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
|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 industry experience is wide-ranging and includes real estate, franchises, oil and gas, plastics, manufacturing, 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)
|Reported Cases||Cases / Matters; Chapter 11 Cases (Debtor); The Antioch Company, LLC - represented direct sale and scrap-booking company in chapter 11 reorganization. (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)|
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