Michael, who has practiced law since 1969, is a partner in the firm's insolvency and restructuring practice group. He represents parties in insolvency, workouts and bankruptcy matters, including debtors, trustees and creditors. As a recognized expert in the field, he served on the State Bar Consulting Group that established certification procedures for bankruptcy specialists in California. He has been active in committees charged with consulting and drafting several sets of guidelines for rules and procedures related to bankruptcy law for the Northern District of California.
The Bankruptcy Court appointed Michael a resolution advocate in its Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program, and he has successfully mediated more than 125 matters through this program. For many years, Michael has offered pro bono representation to indigent clients in bankruptcy and consumer matters through the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of San Francisco.
Michael is also part of the firm’s Cannabis Practice group. He is vice-chair of the Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley, having been a commissioner since 2013. The Commission has been working on the enactment of cannabis ordinances to allow cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, delivery and sales of cannabis in the city.