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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.

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Education

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

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

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Chair, Chef’s For Jimmy, 1990-Present
  • Dana-Farber Visiting Committee, 2004-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

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Bay Path University MBA Program, 2014-Present
  • Lecturer, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Forum, May 2016

Honors

  • 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

Published Works

  • Is bankruptcy the answer? BusinessWest, May 7, 2020