Michael J. Kaczka: Lawyer with McDonald Hopkins LLC

Michael J. Kaczka

Cleveland,  OH  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Business Restructuring Services
  • Debtor Representation
  • Business Counseling
  • Distressed M & A
  • Franchise
  • Licensing and Distribution
  • Creditor Representation
  • Franchises
  • Retail
  • Oil & Gas
  • Automotive
  • Plastics
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 216-430-2028
Fax: 216-348-5474
University Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 2000
Law SchoolCase Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2003
Admitted2003, 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

Professional Associations

•Turnaround Management Association (Ohio Chapter Board Member)
•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

BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978

Professional Experience

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.


• 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


• Shale Oil and Gas-It Is Boom or Bust! Geauga Growth Partnership (March 2015)
• Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry-A Briefing for Accountants, McDonald Hopkins webcast (June 2015)

Awards and Honors

•Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2009-2016)
•“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)

Community Activities

•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
•Loyola Club

Reported CasesCases / 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.); 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); CHA Hawaii, LLC - represented a Hawaiian hospital system in chapter 11 bankruptcy culminating in a plan of reorganization. (Bankr. D. Haw.); 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, pursuant to a confirmed liquidating plan. (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); Distressed Acquisitions; Represented strategic purchaser of assets in chapter 11 case of Ohio-based pipeline servicing business. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); Represented a purchaser of equity of distressed Cleveland-based biotech company out of court.; Represented a purchase of assets of a national crossbow company via a UCC Article 9 sale.; Out-of-Court Restructurings and Other Matters; Represented subordinated secured lender 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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Michael J. Kaczka

600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100
ClevelandOH 44114-2653


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