Michael Brandess

Michael BrandessPartner

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Michael A. Brandess has a wealth of experience representing both companies involved with complex restructurings and liquidations across the country, in industries ranging from energy, real estate, construction, agriculture, retail, financial services, telecommunications and restaurant franchises. Michael represents secured lenders both before and during insolvency proceedings, protecting his clients’ collateral from diminution of value, so they may realize a higher return.  Michael also has represented asset purchasers in complex bankruptcy sales, creditors’ committees in difficult reorganizations and liquidating trustees and plan administrators during the wind-down of multi-million dollar bankruptcy estates. 

Michael is a member of the firm's Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditor's Rights and Business Transactions practice groups. Michael has represented his clients in complex bankruptcy matters before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of New York, the District of Delaware, the Southern District of Florida, the District of Arizona, the Central District of California, the Southern District of Texas and the Northern District of Illinois.

Additionally, Michael has authored several articles on bankruptcy claims trading, including, "Claims Trading: The Wild West of Chapter 11's," co-authored with Aaron L. Hammer, which was featured on the cover of the July/August 2010 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal. He recently moderated a series of webinars for Financial Poise focused on Business Transition and Exit Planning.

Michael received his juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law magna cum laude, where he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in several courses, including Negations; Pre-trial Litigation; and Counseling and Fact Investigations. In addition, he was awarded Best Brief in the University of Illinois Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Michael received his B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

 

Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

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Honors


Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers, as a Rising Star in Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (2016, 2017)




Martindale.com - AV Preeminent Peer Review



Turnaround Management Association
Emerging Leader of the Year - Turnaround Managment Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter (2015)
CALI Award Recipient:  Negotiations; Pre-Trial Litigation; Counseling and Fact Investigation



Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in: Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial; Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections Law (2017)


 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Civic & Professional

  • Deerfield Park Foundation, Director (2018)
  • Bankruptcy Liaison Committee (2018)
  • Turnaround Management Association, Chicago/Midwest Chapter
      Director (2016-2018)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law (2009)

Michael Brandess's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:

  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in In re AgFeed USA, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Counsel to the Official Creditors’ Committees for: In re Giordano’s Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Midwest Banc Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Schwab Industries, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); In re Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. (Bankr. S.D. Fla.); In re Trainor Glass Co. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Natural Pork Production II, LLP (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re Newton Manufacturing Company (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re World Marketing Chicago, LLC, et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); and In re Duke & King Acquisition, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.).
  • Counsel to liquidating trustees and plan administrators in the prosecution of mass bankruptcy preference claims in various notable chapter 11 cases, including: In re Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. (Bankr. S.D. Fla.); In re Schwab Industries, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio); In re Duke & King Acquisition, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.); and In re Workflow Management, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Va.).
  • Bankruptcy counsel to an international Fortune 500 information technology outsourcing company in several notable chapter 11 proceedings, including NewPage Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.).
  • Bankruptcy counsel to an international Fortune 500 insurance and professional services company in various notable chapter 11 proceedings, including AMR Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).