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 a member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Business Law Section. He is presently the Co-Chair of publications subcommittee. 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.
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. Michael is also a 2018 participant in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges “Next Gen” program which includes only 40 nation-wide up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners each year.
Michael has been recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2018. Michael is also a 2018 Best Lawyer in America.
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