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Michael J. Gearin

Partner
+1.206.370.6666
Fax +1.206.370.6067
Michael Gearin concentrates his practice in insolvency, workouts and commercial reorganizations. His practice is broad based, encompassing transactional, litigation and other advice in the insolvency and creditors rights arenas. He represents debtors, creditors' committees, secured creditors, purchasers, and trustees in Chapter 11 cases. He has significant experience in the representation of pension interests in municipal bankruptcy cases. He represents secured creditors, purchasers and receivers in state law receivership proceedings, and has substantial experience in real estate workouts and bankruptcies. He has experience in the resolution of Ponzi schemes through the Chapter 11 plan confirmation process. He has represented debtors and purchasers in complex asset sales transactions in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Mr. Gearin is a past chair of the Seattle-King County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, is a panel mediator under the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington's mediation program, and has been a frequent speaker at professional seminars on municipal bankruptcy, Chapter 11 plan confirmation, Ponzi cases in bankruptcy and other bankruptcy issues.

Achievements

  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America –  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2014-2016)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA (Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Washington)
  • Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List (2014-2016)
  • Selected as one of the Top Attorneys in Washington by Seattle Met Magazine

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Past President, Seattle King County Bar Association, Debtor-Creditor Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Committee on Real Estate
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Committee on Legislative Developments
  • Creditor-Debtor Section, Washington State Bar
  • Bankruptcy Section, Western District of Washington Federal Bar Association

Additional Information

Military Experience: Captain, United States Marine Corps, Helicopter Pilot
  • Representation of CalPERS in multiple Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases including City of Stockton and City of San Bernardino
  • Representation of Coast Crane Company as debtor in successful Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of Fortress Credit Corporation in Chapter 15 cross border bankruptcy cases
  • Representation of Conenza, Inc as debtor in successful Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of Mark Calvert as Trustee for Meridian Funds entities in resolution of $200 million Ponzi scheme
  • Representation of Bruce Kriegman as Trustee for the LLS America companies in resolution of $150 million Ponzi scheme
  • Representation of Expedia, Inc. in bankruptcy cases of TWA, United Airlines, US Air, Alamo Rental Cars and National Airlines
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Brown and Cole Stores
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Larry’s Markets, Inc,
  • Representation of Opus Bank in connection with multiple state court receivership, workout and judicial foreclosure matters
  • Representation of Washington First International Bank as a secured creditor in multiple bankruptcy cases
  • Representation of Avatar Financial Group as secured lender in Chapter 11 case of MOC Investments, LLC
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the successful Chapter 11 reorganization of Amerion, a Washington State ISP
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the successful Chapter 11 case of Country Harvest Buffet Restaurants, Inc.
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the Chapter 11 case of real property developer P. Hendley & Associates, Inc.
  • Representation of the Microsoft Corporation in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a Seattle-based Internet service provider
  • Representation of Perry A. Stacks, Jr. as Trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Polymer Technology Corp., as Trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Jasper VII LLC, and as the receiver for 7800 LLC
  • Representation of VECTRA Technologies, Inc. as debtor’s counsel in its successful Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of Price Waterhouse as the receiver for two Seattle based telecommunications companies.