Nov 04, 2020
Michael is an associate with the firm's bankruptcy practice group. His practice focuses on commercial bankruptcy, workouts, financial restructuring, and creditors' rights. Michael's experience and keen knowledge of bankruptcy law ensures that his clients' rights are fully protected in even the most complex matters.
As a member of the firm's bankruptcy group, Michael's practice is primarily focused on representing asset-based lenders and lender groups in connection with chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, workouts, forbearance arrangements, foreclosures, and state and federal receiverships.
- Represented Bank of America, N.A., as agent and lender, under senior secured revolver to American Tire Distributors, Inc., ATD Corporation, and their affiliates in Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in Delaware. We represented the Agent in negotiating and closing a $1.2 Billion debtor-in-possession financing facility to the debtors and their Canadian affiliates, to support the debtors' operations in Chapter 11 and to allow the successful reorganization involving conversion of more than $1 Billion of subordinated debt to equity and infusion of more than $200 million of new working capital to the companies.
- Represented Bank of America, N.A., as agent for senior secured bank group, in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Summit Financial Corporation, a finance company focusing on the subprime auto lending industry, pending in the Southern District of Florida. Representation involves defaults under a $110 million syndicated asset-based revolving credit facility, cash collateral disputes and the potential sale of the company's assets under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
- Represented Bank of America, N.A., as agent, in connection with chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Beaulieu Group, LLC, and its affiliates in the carpet manufacturing business. Representation involved the documentation and court approval of a $70 million debtor-in-possession asset based lending facility to support a marketing and sale process under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, resulting in the sale of the company as a going concern and payment of all secured claims in full.
- Co-author, "Killing Two Birds with One Stone: BAP Denies Novel Attempt for § 364(d) Exit Financing in SARE Case, Rules Stay Relief Should Have Been Granted," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. 39, No. 11, pgs 12, 50-51 (November 2020) (with Eric Anderson)
- Co-author, "Local Bankruptcy Rules: Georgia (N.D. Ga.)," Practical Law, Westlaw (March 2019)
- Author: "Exemption from the Common Fate: Refuge for Individual Debtors Trapped by Structured Settlement, Factoring Companies, and the Bankruptcy Code in Georgia," 49 GA. L. REV. 575 (2015).
- Author: "The Effect of Surrender of Collateral on Valuation Under 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(2) after Santander Consumer USA v. Brown" (Winner, NACTT Fall 2014 Student Writing Contest)
- Author: "Render unto Caesar the Venue Choice that is Caesar's: Venue Transfer and the "Interest of Justice" Standard Examined in In re Caesars Entertainment Operating Co." (Third Place, ABI 2015 Law Student Writing Competition)
- Financial Services
- Commercial Finance
- Financial Services Litigation
- Restructuring & Bankruptcy
- The University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude 2015) Order of the Coif
- The University of Georgia (B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)
- Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021)
- Pupil, W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, 2014-2015
- American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence, 2015
- 2015 Distinguished Law Student, Southern Bankruptcy Law Institute
- Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer
- The Honorable Wendy L. Hagenau, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia