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Michael B. Katz
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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 chair 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. Michael served as a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee for 23 years, and he is a frequent lecturer 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, and commercial/ corporate law.

Bar & Court 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


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

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

  • Designated as Best Lawyer in Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2020
  • Designated as Super Lawyer in Boston Magazine, 2004-2020
  • Designated as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by Martindale Hubbell
  • Recipient of MA Bar Association’s Community Service Award, June 2007
  • Selected as Area’s Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, Western MA Law Tribune, July 2002
  • Recipient, Unsung Hero Award, The Jimmy Fund

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair, Chef’s For Jimmy, 1990-Present
  • Dana-Farber Visiting Committee, 2004-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Bay Path University MBA Program, 2014-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community United Way of Pioneer Valley, 2005-2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jimmy Fund Council of Western MA, 1983-Present; President, 1990-1992

Nine Bacon Wilson Attorneys Selected as 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
October 19, 2015

Four Bacon Wilson attorneys named to Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Bacon Wilson, P.C. Attorneys Honored as 2014 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
October 23, 2014

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2013 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
October 30, 2013

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2011 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
December 9, 2011

Bankruptcy filings in Mass on the rise
WWLP, April 22, 2011

Red Flags: Separating Hype from Reality on Debt Relief Subhead
BusinessWest, March 14, 2011

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2010 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
December 17, 2010

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2009 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
November 16, 2009

Getting Out from Under – Bankruptcy Filings Tell the Story of This Recession and Its Impact
BusinessWest, May 25, 2009

Regional Law Firm Attorney Receives Prestigious Award
March 13, 2009

Local Lawyers Recognized as 2008 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
November 21, 2008

Odds Are – Experts Say the Nation Will Likely Skirt a Recession, but All Bets Are Off
BusinessWest, January 8, 2008

Boston Magazine Distinguishes 7 New England SuperLawyers from Regional Law Firm
November 8, 2007

MA Bar Association Honors Local Attorney
June 27, 2007

Lawyer Judges BusinessWest’s Inaugural “Forty Under 40”
BusinessWest, April 2, 2007

Boston Magazine Distinguishes 9 SuperLawyers from Regional Law Firm
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

Contributor: 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