Michael J. Small is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Michael focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation.
He has represented financial institutions, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and debtors in reorganization cases, liquidations, workouts, transactions, and a variety of federal and state court litigation.
Michael is a member of and has led the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. He also practices with the firm’s Food & Beverage and Sports Industry Teams.
Representative Experience :
Michael’s notable engagements include:
- In re Velocity Holding Company, Inc. et al (creditors committee)
- In re Esplanade HL LLC (secured lender)
- In re SquareTwo Financial Services Corporation (acquisition by plan sponsor)
- In re Universal Cooperatives, Inc., et al (debtors’ counsel)
- In re AgFeed Industries, Inc. et al (special counsel to the debtors)
- In re Los Angeles Dodgers LLC (acquisition of L.A. Dodgers)
- In re Chicago National League Ball Club, LLC (acquisition of Chicago Cubs)
- In re Texas Rangers Baseball Partners (acquisition of Texas Rangers)
- In re Borders Group, Inc. and In re Blockbuster, Inc. (landlord representations)
- In re McEnery (sale of public golf course)
- In re Giordano’s Enterprises, Inc. (largest ingredient supplier)
- In re Gas City, Ltd. (secured lender)
- In re General Growth Properties (representation of Las Vegas lessee)
- In re Standard Forwarding (DIP lender)
- In re Pilgrim’s Pride (secured lender)
- In re Commissary Operations, Inc. (503(b)(9) claimant and preference defendant)
- In re Farmland Industries (bondholder committee and liquidating trustee)
- In re Corcoran Hospital District (chapter 9 debtor)
Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1991), received a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (M.A., 1988), and earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985).
Michael is admitted to practice in Illinois, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where he is a member of the Trial Bar, and the United States Supreme Court.
He has also appeared in federal and state courts in Delaware, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Michael teaches Chapter 11 Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School and has taught previously at Washington University in St. Louis.
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