Michael Sirota is the co-managing shareholder of Cole Schotz and co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. He has helped restructure billions of dollars of distressed debt both in and outside of the courtroom, and he is regularly called upon to resolve high stakes commercial litigation and appellate matters. Michael is respected by client and adversary alike for his litigation prowess but equally diplomatic style.
Michael represents publicly and privately held debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, indenture trustees, venture capitalists, private equity/hedge funds and parties with “bet the company” interests in distressed situations and insolvency proceedings throughout the country. He is sought out by his clients for counsel on a range of issues as a trusted friend and advisor and by the media as a knowledgeable source, having appeared on CNN Moneyline and Fox Business.
Described as "one of the best" and "enormously quick on his feet" in Chambers USA, Michael has the unique distinction of being admitted as a Fellow in both the American College of Bankruptcy and Litigation Counsel of America.
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Michael has played a notable role in many restructuring and complex litigation matters including:
Representative Restructuring Matters
In addition, Michael has been lead counsel in countless restructurings including the following companies: 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.
Representative Complex Litigation Matters
He co-authored West Publishing’s New Jersey Practice Series Sirota and Meisel, Debtor-Creditor Law Practice (2016), 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. He has also received the highest ranking by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the past five years. 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. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Michael is actively involved professionally, including as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute as former Master and the Bankruptcy Inn of Court and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the New York State Bar Association’s Managing Partners Conference.
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
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As published in: New York Law Journal September 19, 2016
COMMERCE Magazine November 6, 2015Michael D. Sirota
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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