Michael B. Katz

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Michael B. Katz

Michael B. Katz

Shareholder
Location:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Phone:
413-693-2787
Fax:
413-739-7740
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"I make sure that my clients receive fast, reasonably priced, quality legal services. I work hard to make sure that they feel that they made the right choice in selecting both my firm and me, promptly returning phone calls and answering correspondence. My clients become my friends as well as my best references for future business, so I make sure that they understand what I am doing on their behalf, and that they have input into all key decisions. Keeping clients informed and involved is as important to me as it is to them."

Michael is Chairman of the firm's Bankruptcy Department. His practice is concentrated in business and insolvency law, and he has played a significant role in numerous successful reorganization cases, including acting as counsel to Savage Industries Inc. in its Chapter 11 reorganization, and as counsel to the Creditors' Committee in the Chapter 11 of Columbia Bicycle. For 23 years, he served as a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee, and he is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker for business and bankruptcy law programs. Michael also handles sophisticated Healthcare Law Matters, and is General Counsel to many businesses including medical practices and individual physicians.

His additional specialties include: Creditor's Rights, Commercial and Corporate.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Reorganization
  • Healthcare
  • Business & Corporate

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1976

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1971

Published Works

  • Bankruptcy: Business and Commercial Law Skills Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Incorporated 1982 - 1986
  • Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy Filings Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Incorporated 1989, 1990
  • Contributer, Friendly Ice Cream Corp. Files for Bankruptcy, WGGB TV, October 5, 2011
  • Know the Rules: What You Need To Know About Medical Records in Massachusetts , Healthcare News, January 1, 2014
  • At the United Way, Community Matters, BusinessWest, September 20, 2007
  • How to Hire a Lawyer - The Yellow Pages Is Not the Place to Begin a Search, BusinessWest, March 7, 2006
  • United Way is there to help, Republican, December 8, 2005
  • Chapter and Verse - New Bankruptcy Law Changes the Rules of the Road, BusinessWest, May 27, 2005
  • A Fiscal Checkup For Your Parents, BusinessWest, June 15, 2003
  • Bankruptcy Preferences - Hooray -- You Got Paid; Now Give It Back!, BusinessWest, February 20, 2003

Representative Clients

  • Foxhollow Wellness Spa
  • Ludlow Savings Bank
  • Savage Arms, Incorporated
  • Williams Distributing Corporation

References

  • Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • Ludlow Savings Bank
  • Bank of New England-West

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Business Law in MBA Program, Bay Path College, 2014 - Present
  • Contributor, Bankruptcy Bits
  • Guest, Dealing With Financial Problems. Sometimes Bankruptcy Is Best, WARE Radio Show, 2004 - Present
  • Author and Lecturer, "Bankruptcy: Business and Commercial Law Skills", MCLE, 1982 - 1986
  • Author and Lecturer, "Workouts and Debt Restructuring", Federal and State Taxation Institute, Western New England College, 1992 - Present
  • Author and Lecturer, "Bankruptcies: A Practical Approach", Credit Union League of Massachusetts, Inc., 1997 - Present
  • Author and Lecturer, "Protect Your Assets", Seminar Series, 1997 - 1998
  • Author and Lecturer, "Consumer Bankruptcy", MCLE, 2000 - Present
  • Author, “Verbal Contracts: An Rx for Trouble”, Healthcare News, 2001 - Present
  • Author, “A Reality Check for Consumers and Businesses”, BusinessWest, 2002 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2013 - Present
  • Designated as Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by Martindale Hubbel, 2013 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2012 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2011 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2010 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2009 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2008 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2007 - Present
  • Awarded the "MA Bar Association’s Community Service Award", 2007 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2006 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2005 - Present
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer", Boston Magazine, 2004 - Present
  • Selected Area's Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, Western MA Law Tribune, 2002 - Present
  • Unsung Hero Award, The Jimmy Fund
  • Jimmy Fund Executive Advisory Board
  • Bob Chaney Volunteer Award, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • United Way of Pioneer Valley, Professional Division Chairman

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • United Way, Special Gifts Chairman, 1987 - 1988
  • Jewish Family Service, President, 1982 - 1985
  • United States Trustee Panel, Trustee in Bankruptcy, 1974 - Present
  • Incorporator, United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1986 - 1990
  • President, The Jimmy Fured Council of Western Massachusetts, 1989 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Panel of Designated Trustees in Bankruptcy, Member, 1979 - 1997
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2005 - Present
  • Clerk, Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2006 - 2007
  • Incorporator, Community United Way of Pioneer Valley
  • Chairman, Professional Division of Campaign for United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, 1983 - Present
  • President, Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, 1990 - 1992
  • Past President and Board Member, Jewish Family Service

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Education

  • Boston College, J.D., 1974
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

  • Designated asBest Lawyer 2016 in Best Lawyers in America
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2015 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2013 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by Martindale Hubbel
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2012 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2011 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2010 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2009 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2008 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2007 in Boston Magazine
  • Awarded the "MA Bar Association’s Community Service Award", June 2007
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2006 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2005 in Boston Magazine
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer" 2004 in Boston Magazine
  • Selected Area's Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, Western MA Law Tribune, July 2002
  • Unsung Hero Award, The Jimmy Fund
  • Jimmy Fund Executive Advisory Board
  • Bob Chaney Volunteer Award, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • United Way of Pioneer Valley, Professional Division Chairman

Professional & Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor: Business Law in MBA Program at Bay Path College, 2014 - Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2005 - Present, Clerk - 2006-07 and Incorporator
  • Chairman: Professional Division of Campaign for United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2006-07
  • Judge: BusinessWest's Inaugural "40 Under 40"
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, 1983-Present, and President, 1990-1992
  • Past President and Board Member, Jewish Family Service

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Panel of Designated Trustees in Bankruptcy, Member, 1979-1997
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

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Getting Out from Under - Bankruptcy Filings Tell the Story of This Recession and Its Impact
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November 21, 2008

Odds Are - Experts Say the Nation Will Likely Skirt a Recession, but All Bets Are Off
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MA Bar Association Honors Local Attorney
June 27, 2007

Lawyer Judges BusinessWest's Inaugural "Forty Under 40"
BusinessWest, April 2, 2007

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November 6, 2006

Ad Infinitum - Law Firms Seek Effective Formulas for Getting Their Messages Across
BusinessWest, October 15, 2006

Going for Broke, After Surge, Bankruptcy Filings Have Slowed Following New Law
BusinessWest, February 17, 2006

Attorney Appointed to Serve on the United Way Board
April 21, 2005

Bankruptcy - "Fresh Start?" Soon not so clean-cut.
March 10, 2005

7 Members of Bacon & Wilson, P.C. Designated as "SuperLawyers"
November 4, 2004

Contributer: Bankruptcy Bits

Guest: WARE Radio Show, Dealing With Financial Problems. Sometimes Bankruptcy Is Best, 2004

Author and Lecturer: "Bankruptcy: Business and Commercial Law Skills," MCLE, 1982-1986

Author and Lecturer: "Workouts and Debt Restructuring," Federal and State Taxation Institute, Western New England College, 1992

Author and Lecturer: "Bankruptcies: A Practical Approach," Credit Union League of Massachusetts, Inc., 1997

Author and Lecturer: "Protect Your Assets," Seminar Series, 1997-1998

Author and Lecturer: "Consumer Bankruptcy," MCLE, 2000

Author: “Verbal Contracts: An Rx for Trouble,” Healthcare News, June 2001

Author: “A Reality Check for Consumers and Businesses,” BusinessWest, March 2002