As co-managing shareholder of the firm and co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, Michael concentrates in all facets of financial restructurings, complex insolvency law and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as commercial litigation. Michael has the unique distinction of being admitted as a Fellow in both the American College of Bankruptcy and Litigation Counsel of America.
Described as "one of the best," “the top of the Bar,” “enormously quick on his feet,” and “a truly outstanding reputation for debtor work,” by Chambers USA (2014, 2013, 2012 Editions): America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, Michael has restructured billions of dollars of distressed debt in and out of court. His extensive commercial law knowledge and court experiences results in his retention as litigation and appellate counsel in complex matters before Federal and State Courts nationwide.
Michael represents clients from a broad range of industries including casino and gaming, healthcare, real estate, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, distribution, construction, finance and transportation. He also represents publicly and privately held debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, indenture trustees, venture capitalists, private equity/hedge funds and parties with substantial interests in distressed situations and insolvency proceedings throughout the country.
Since joining the firm in 1987, Michael has played a notable role in many restructuring and complex litigation matters including:
In addition, Michael has been lead counsel in countless restructurings including the following companies: Zayat Stables, LLC, Manchester Mall, Inc., EnCap Golf Holdings, LLC, Princeton Ski Shops, Best Manufacturing Group, LLC, Burke Industries, Inc., Topps Appliance City, Inc., Knights Lodging, Inc., Economy Lodging Systems, Inc., Carretta Trucking, Inc., Horowitz/Rae Book Manufacturers, Inc., Hit or Miss, Inc., Integral Nuclear Management, Workbench Furniture, Inc., Jazz Photo Corp., Linens 'N Things, and has represented substantial parties in the bankruptcy proceedings of K-Mart, Bethlehem Steel, New Valley Corporation, Bayonne Medical Center, Kara Homes, Rickel Home Centers, Inc., Neuman Distributors, Inc., Keystone Camera Corporation, MacGregor Sporting Goods, Inc., Mutual Benefit Overseas, Inc., Grand Court Lifestyles, Inc., Bradlees Stores, Inc., and Agway, Inc.
Michael’s litigation matters include:
A sought-after expert, Michael has appeared as guest commentator on CNN Moneyline and on Fox Business. He has received the highest ranking by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business for the past five years. He co-authored West Publishing’s New Jersey Practice Series Sirota and Meisel, Debtor-Creditor Law Practice (2014), the New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual and has written numerous articles published in the New Jersey Law Journal and other journals.
A frequent lecturer and author on bankruptcy topics for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Michael has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® (since 2000) and has been included in the Top 10 and Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list since 2005.
Michael has served as a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of New Jersey. He served on the 2006, 2007, 2009 – 2012 United States Magistrate Judges Judicial Selection Committee for the United States District Court and the 2006, 2013 and 2014 Merit Selection Committee for United States Bankruptcy Judges in New Jersey.
Michael is actively involved professionally, including as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section, former Legislative Coordinator), the American Bankruptcy Institute and as Master and the Bankruptcy Inn of Court.
Michael earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1986 from Syracuse University College of Law.
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
New Jersey, 1986
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1986
New York, 1987
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2007
As published in: Law360 February 2, 2015
As published in: New York Post August 20, 2014
As published in: The Deal August 20, 2014
As published in: The Wall Street Journal July 24, 2014
As published in: New York Post July 21, 2014
As published in: NJBIZ February 3, 2015
As published in: Law 360 August 26, 2014
As published in: Best Lawyers August 18, 2014
Seventeen attorneys and four practice areas in three states make prestigious list May 23, 2014
ABI Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter December 4, 2014Michael D. Sirota and Ryan T. Jareck
Law360 February 3, 2014David M. Bass, Gerald H. Gline, Michael D. Sirota and Ryan T. Jareck
West Publishing Group 2013Michael D. Sirota and Michael S. Meisel
New Jersey Law Journal These efforts, however, often spur contentious litigation with landlords trying to protect their tenant mix with restrictive-use provisions February 2, 2003Michael D. Sirota and Warren A. Usatine
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