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Michael W. Davis


Michael W. Davis



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Michael is a general business and insolvency litigator, and routinely handles contested matters and adversary proceedings as part of his litigation practice. His roster of clients in the insolvency context includes debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and chapter 7 and 11 trustees in both individual and corporate cases.

He regularly represents clients in all aspects of litigation, and has successfully litigated numerous matters through trial, including a victory as a “first-chair” trial counsel in only his fourth year of practice. Michael has a wide-range of advocacy experience in Bankruptcy Courts throughout California, the Central District of California, 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 published opinions in favor of his clients.

In the general business context, Michael represents individuals, and small and mid-sized business both in and out of court. He has been extremely successful resolving conflicts through mediation. Michael’s litigation focus is inexpensive resolution of matters through aggressive pre-trial advocacy and, when required, Michael is a zealous litigator.

Michael received his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a business finance degree from the University of Florida. His financial background provides him with the knowledge and insight necessary to efficiently identify and litigate bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Before joining Brutzkus Gubner, Michael managed the consumer bankruptcy department of a small Los Angeles law firm.

Michael is a member of the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC), a standing committee of the State Bar of California Business Law Section, having been appointed to a 3-year term (2016-2019).

Representative Matters


  • 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)

Reported Decisions:

  • 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)

Unpublished Opinion:

  • In re Wettstein, 2015 WL 1246052 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2015)
  • University of Southern California, J.D., 2010
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Finance, 2007

Admissions, Memberships and Qualifications

Publications & Presentations

  • State Bar of California, 2010
  • State Bar of California Business Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Central District
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • California Receivers Forum, Co-Chair of Young Professionals Council
  • Thomson Reuters “Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star,” placing him in the top 2.5% of under – 40 attorneys in the region.
  • Named a 2018 Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Recipient of the 2017 William J. Lasarow Award presented by the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • Member, State Bar of California Business Law Section, (2016-2019), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin Co-Editor-in-Chief (2017-2018).
  • Co-Chair, Young Professionals Council, California Receiver’s Forum, Los Angeles/Orange County

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, February 2014.