A broad range of clients benefit from Michael's industry knowledge and sound legal acumen.

Overview

Michael focuses his practice on representing clients in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings and litigating debtor-creditor matters in both state and federal courts. He also leverages his background in commercial real estate to represent commercial lenders in loan workouts and enforcement.

His prior experience with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City, paired with an education in economics, allow Michael to bring a holistic and strategic approach when representing clients.

Experience

Represented the Revocable Trust of John Q. Hammons and its associated debtors in their successful appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with respect to constitutional challenges to a 2017 amendment to the statutory fee provision. The Tenth Circuit reversed the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas, held that a portion of the Bankruptcy Code is unconstitutional, and directed the Bankruptcy Court to order the refund of more than $2.5 million in quarterly fees to the John Q. Hammons Trust and its associated debtors, that had been paid to the U.S. Trustee under the unconstitutional statute.

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Admissions

  • Missouri, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2018

  • Valedictorian, UMKC Class of 2018
  • The Urban Lawyer Board, Articles Editor
  • CALI Awards in 11 areas
  • UMKC Law Honor Court Justice

Kansas State University, B.S., Economics, 2015

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