Michael A. Jones

Michael A. Jones

MEMBER  |  CERTIFIED BANKRUPTCY SPECIALIST

Michael Jones is a state and nationally certified bankruptcy specialist. Mr. Jones has also been rated by his peers as AV® Preeminent™, the highest designation awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, the primary rating organization for attorneys.

Practice Areas
Creditors' Rights
Business and Consumer Debtor Bankruptcy Chapters 7, 11, 12, 13, and 15
Loan Restructuring and Workouts
Asset Protection
Bankruptcy Trustees' Rights
Bankruptcy Litigation and Appeals
Certifications
Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification
Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Honors and Awards
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™, Martindale-Hubbell®
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2017
Representative Experience
  • Regularly serves as counsel for secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, franchisors, landlords, leaseholders, trustees, and debtors in loan workouts and in all chapters of bankruptcy proceedings, including trials and appeals
  • Representation has included successful Chapter 11 reorganizations of individuals, real estate brokers, farmers, restaurants, and numerous other Arizona businesses 
  • Represented unsecured creditors’ committee in successfully prosecuting claims exceeding $40 million and served as liquidating trustee for unsecured creditors’ trust in bankruptcy of largest grower and distributor of palm trees in the country, resulted in recovery of 50% to unsecured creditors when minimal recovery was anticipated due to secured lenders’ blanket liens
  • Briefed and argued successful motion for summary judgment avoiding secured creditor's liens encumbering over $2 million in bankruptcy estate assets
  • Represented a group of nine commercial landlords in a significant Chapter 11 case in pursuing lease rights to the fullest extent, and negotiated entry of $2 million in non-dischargeable judgments against debtor’s principals
  • Successfully conducted a trial to confirm a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of an Arizona land developer and defended against an appeal
  • Prevailed in defending against an appeal of a favorable ruling in a contested bankruptcy matter: Jones v. Mullen (In re Jones), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 488 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Feb. 5, 2014)
Professional Memberships
State Bar of Arizona: Member, Bankruptcy Section and Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission
Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court: Barrister
Community Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyers Program
Bar Admissions
Arizona, 2009
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013
Presentations
"Code Section 523 Nondischargeability and Trial Issues," Maricopa County Bar Association, May 2016
"Recent Developments in Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Law" (panelist), Maricopa County Bar Association, February 2015
"An Overview of Fraudulent Transfers and Preference Actions," Bankruptcy Ambush Series, May 2014
"Ethics for the Bankruptcy Practitioner," State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2013
Clerkships
Judicial Extern, Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
Education
J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2009: Business Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 2008-2009
B.A., Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, 2006
Birthplace
Walled Lake, Michigan
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