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Michael has a comprehensive practice centered on matters of federal bankruptcy law, business reorganization and liquidation, and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy cases and in out-of-court restructurings ranging in size from a few million dollars to several billion dollars. Specializing in the representation of middle-market companies, he also regularly serves as counsel to official committees, prepetition and postpetition lenders, and acquirers of distressed assets, and has taken a leading role in nearly all aspects of case administration; litigation strategy; and the structure, formulation and confirmation of complex (and sometimes unique) plans of reorganization. He is also the author of 26 original chapters on procedural rules governing bankruptcy litigation for the Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 1999, J.D., with honors
  • University of Texas, 1992, B.A., with special honors

  • Nueva York
  • Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2014-present

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Texas Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2018-2024
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014-present
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly magazine, 2005-2011