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Michael W. Davis


Michael W. Davis



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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 business and insolvency litigator. Michael represents businesses and individuals in complex civil and commercial lawsuits, and 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 is a member of the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Business Law Section ( The CLA is comprised of the State Bar of California Sections, which Sections became part of the CLA in January 2018. The CLA is the nation’s second-largest professional association for attorneys, smaller only than the American Bar Association. Michael is presently the Insolvency Law e-Bulletin Co-Editor-in-Chief, a publication of the State Bar of California Business Law Section. 

Michael is also the current Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Council (YPC) of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Receivers Forum. The California Receivers Forum is a non-profit organization formed by interested receivers, attorneys, accountants, real estate brokers, property managers and other insolvency professionals with support from the Los Angeles Superior Court, to address the needs and concerns of receivers, to facilitate communication between the receivership community and the courts, and to assist in raising the level of professionalism of receivers throughout the state.

Michael has been recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2018. Michael is also a regular pro bono volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and was awarded the 2017 William J. Lasarow Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of bankruptcy pro bono volunteers who offer their time and assistance to individuals who have nowhere else to turn for legal representation (read more).

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 Business Law Section
  • U.S. District Court, Central District
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Co-Chair of Young Professionals Council, California Receivers Forum, Los Angeles/Orange County
  • “Best Lawyers in America” (2018)
  • William J. Lasarow Award, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (2017)
  • Member, State Bar of California Business Law Section, (2016-2019), Insolvency Law e-Bulletin Co-Editor-in-Chief (2017-2018)
  • Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” (2016-Present)
  • State Bar of California (2010)
  • 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)