Michael Goldstein is co-chair of Goodwin's Financial Restructuring practice. A veteran restructuring and insolvency lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Goldstein represents debtors, sponsors, bondholders, creditors, committees and purchasers of distressed assets. His representations span a variety of industries, including chemicals, consumer goods, finance, health care, hospitality, high-tech printing, municipal debt, real estate, retail and technology.

Mr. Goldstein is a member of the American Bar Association, a board member of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and is a former cabinet member of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation. He previously served on the Board of the Financial Lawyers Conference and on the Committee of 18 of the Maccabi World Union.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Mr. Goldstein was a partner at Stutman, Treister & Glatt in New York City. Previously, he was a partner at Greenberg Traurig (2008-2012) and at Stutman Treister (1990-2008), where he started in 1984.

Mr. Goldstein is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been repeatedly listed in U.S. News-Best Lawyers (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy) and selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California and New York. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 in Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Goldstein is frequent speaker on restructuring and insolvency-related topics, including on subjects such as compensation of professionals, conflicts of interest, executory contracts in retail Chapter 11 cases, expert testimony, litigating confirmation issues, municipal debt restructurings, second lien debt, subprime lending and valuation. He is an active participant in Chapter 11-related conferences, including appearances on panels at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, conferences of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and Practising Law Institute.

He writes regularly on topics of note in his field. His article on "Navigating the Distressed Real Estate Workout: A General Overview," appearing in ABA Probate and Property magazine, was selected as the winner of the Best Practical Use Article. Mr. Goldstein is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, Chapter 9 (“Adjustment of Debts of a Municipality”).

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984 (cum laude)
  • B.S., Franklin & Marshall College, 1981 (magna cum laude)

Mr. Goldstein is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington, D.C. He is also admitted before all federal district courts in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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