Michael P. Richman focuses on representing Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees and advises on virtually every aspect of financial distress and bankruptcy.
Throughout his extensive career, Michael has appeared as counsel in state courts, federal courts and, in particular, bankruptcy courts in nearly 20 states and territories.
Michael focuses on the representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees. He regularly advises and represents clients in virtually every aspect of financial distress and bankruptcy, including out-of-court restructurings, prosecution and defense of creditors’ rights litigation (including preference and fraudulent conveyance cases), individual and group secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, purchasers of assets under Bankruptcy Code section 363 and other parties in interest.
An active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Michael has served as director (1996-2008), chairman of the board (2006-07) and president (2004-05) of that organization; and has been a member of its management and executive committees. Michael is also the founder and a performing member of ABI’s house band, the Indubitable Equivalents, which regularly performs at bankruptcy conferences around the country. A frequent speaker and lecturer on bankruptcy law and related topics, Michael is a contributing editor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and, while in law school, served as the managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
Michael is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, and District of Columbia; and for the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Michigan, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Second, Third, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.
Michael is an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Mr. Richman is a debt relief agent. He helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Columbia Law School, New York, New York
- J.D. – 1979
- Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Honors: David M. Berger Memorial Award
- Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
- A.B. – 1975
- Honors: cum laude
- Honors: Political Science Honors
- London School of Economics and Political Science, London
- University of Wisconsin Law School, Adjunct Professor
Honors and Awards
- New York “Super Lawyer”
- Who’s Who in America
- Who’s Who in American Law
- Who’s Who in Finance and Business
- Who’s Who in America: Finance and Industry
- “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers – 2004” by Turnarounds & Workouts
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Director, 1996 to 1998
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Chairman of the Board, 2006 to 2007
- American Bankruptcy Institute, President, 2004 to 2005
- American Bar Association (Committee on Business Bankruptcy), Member
- New York State Bar Association (Committee on Federal Courts; Subcommittee on Creditors’ Rights), Member
- New York Bar, Member
- District of Columbia Bar, Member (inactive)