Mike C. Buckley



  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1969, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1966, A.B., with honors, Political Science, Also studied a variety of disparate subjects, including astronomy, history, geology and math.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California

Mike is a member of the Financial Industry Group, practicing in the area of Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy. Mike's practice focuses on bankruptcy matters and complex commercial disputes. He has had numerous trials as well as extensive appellate court experience in both the federal and state courts.

Mike's recent clients include Wells Fargo Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, RAIT Realty Trust, fiduciaries such as Receivers, Inc., assignees and the corporate trust departments of major banks, and a number of commercial landlords and developers.

Mike frequently represents creditors and indenture trustees in significant bankruptcy cases and in commercial litigation. Recently his bankruptcy work involves the municipal finance, real estate development, corporate trust, oil and gas, construction, electronics and agriculture industries.

He represented an indenture trustee, which is a major creditor in the largest municipal bankruptcy case in 20 years, a bank lender with hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate secured loans with owner-developers in Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and several secured lenders in enforcing their liens. He has represented the unsecured creditors' committees in the bankruptcy cases of a large software company and a construction company. Mike also represented major creditors counter-parties to executory contracts, and take-out lenders in bankruptcy cases or insolvency proceedings involving venture hospitals, start-ups, a large construction company, a major electronic equipment manufacturer, a large telecommunications and fibre optic company, a metals refiner, a large manufacturing company, a major paper manufacturer, two sizable printing and fulfilment companies and one of the country's largest fruit and vegetable packers. He also represents some of California's largest landlords in the bankruptcy cases of significant commercial and retail chain tenants. Mike regularly represents receivers, trustees and assignees for the benefit of creditors, and both debtors and creditors in loan workout contexts.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
  • 1974 - Crosby Heafey Roach & May (combined with Reed Smith in 2003)
  • 1972 - ITT Legal Department
  • 1969 - Lawler, Felix & Hall

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Former Director, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
  • Former Member, Insolvency Committee of the California State Bar
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law sections of various bar associations
  • Member of the Bankruptcy Court selected Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Panel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California