Michael is a business and insolvency litigator. He has successfully represented plaintiffs, defendants, claimants and respondents in sophisticated disputes in California federal and state courts. In the insolvency context, he represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and chapter 7 and 11 trustees in both individual and corporate cases, as well as court-appointed receivers. Michael has a wide-range of advocacy experience in courts throughout California, including California district courts, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Superior and Appellate courts. His litigation successes have resulted in a number of favorable published opinions.
Michael received his J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law, and a business finance degree from the University of Florida.
Michael is the current Co-Chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Business Law Section. He is also the current Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Council of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Receivers Forum, and serves as the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Remedies Section. Michael was also a 2018 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges “Next Gen” program participant, which includes only 40 nation-wide up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners each year.
Outside of his practice at the firm, Michael does pro bono work for Neighborhood Legal Services. He was honored as a recipient of the William J. Lasarow Award in 2017, which recognizes bankruptcy pro bono work. He is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro-Bono outreach committee and organizes various charitable events and programs in that capacity.
Michael has been recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2019. Michael has also been named among the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2018.
- University of Southern California (J.D., 2010)
- University of Florida (B.S., Business Finance, 2007)
- U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- State Bar of California (2010)
- In re Ruderman Capital Partners, LLC (special litigation counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation)
- In re EPD Investment Co., LLC (special litigation counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee)
- In re Lopez (general counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee)
- In re Khalil (general counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee)
- In re Wettstein (counsel for creditor, judgment after trial in favor of client and determining debt nondischargeable)
- In re EPD Inv. Co., LLC, 2016 WL 2620300, (9th Cir. 2016)
- In re EPD Inv. Co., LLC, 523 B.R. 680, (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015)
- In re Khalil, 2015 WL 2213696 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015)
- In re Khalil, 2014 WL 1725811 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2014)
- In re EPD Inv. Co. LLC, 2013 WL 5352953, (C.D. Cal. 2013)
- In re Wettstein, 2015 WL 1246052 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2015)
- Co-Chair of Young Professionals Council, California Receivers Forum, Los Angeles/Orange County
- Member, California Lawyers Association – Business Law Section; Co-Chair, Insolvency Law Standing Committee (2018-2019); Co-Editor-in-Chief, e-Bulletin (2017-2018)
- Secretary of Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Remedies Section
- “Best Lawyers in America” (2018-Present)
- William J. Lasarow Award, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (2017)
- Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” (2016-Present)
- Speaker, California Association of Realtors (Feb. 2019)
- Author, Insolvency Law e-Bulletin, California State Bar Business Law Section (June 2016)
- Co-author, “Justices consider bankruptcy tale of ‘Lili Lin of China,’” Los Angeles Daily Journal (Feb. 2014)