Biography

Michael P. Richman is a partner with the firm of Steinhilber Swanson LLP in Madison, Wisconsin. He also teaches bankruptcy law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  With more than 39 years of legal experience, he is skilled in all aspects of chapter 11 bankruptcy, mediation, and litigation. Michael focuses on representing Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, purchasers, and other parties in interest on virtually every aspect of financial distress and bankruptcy. Among his recent engagements he represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of O.W. Bunker and the Government of Puerto Rico’s Department of Treasury, as well as the Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors of Simplexity and Prince Sports. He also played a central role in the litigation over the Government-engineered fast-track sale of General Motors representing the lead group of bondholders who opposed the sale.

Throughout his extensive career, Michael has earned a reputation as an outstanding courtroom advocate. He is a member of the bars of New York, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, and has appeared as counsel in state, federal and bankruptcy courts in more than 20 states and territories. Michael is also an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, having served as an ABI director (1996-2008), chairman of the board (2006-07) and president (2004-05), while also serving as a member of ABI’s management and executive committees. Michael also recently served as Co-Chair of the Section 363 subcommittee of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 and Co-Vice Chair of the ABI’s National Ethics Task Force. He is currently an advisory board member of the ABI’s VALCON annual conference program.

A frequent speaker and lecturer on bankruptcy law and related topics, Michael was for many years 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. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School, attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, and received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College. Last, but not least, Michael is the founder and a proud performing member as keyboardist for ABI’s house band, the Indubitable Equivalents, which performs at bankruptcy events around the country.

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