Michael Galen

Michael Galen



Michael is an attorney in the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group.
His practice focuses on corporate restructurings, bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights, and distressed acquisitions. Michael’s clients include troubled companies, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of distressed assets, and other constituents in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Michael also advises clients with respect to commercial disputes and related litigation.

Education & Admissions

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 2014), cum laude

Arizona State University (B.S., Finance, 2011), cum laude


  • Arizona
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • English


  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, Honorable Nancy Hershey Lord, 2014-2015

News & Resources

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Adds Talent in New Phoenix Office

Legal Writings

  • "The Intersection of Bankruptcy Preferences and Mechanic's Lien Waivers—A Wrong Turn Can Be Costly," ABA Forum on Construction Under Construction – Newsletter (October 1, 2019)
  • "Cook Inlet Decision Rightly Protects Deemed Consolidation," Law360 (February 6, 2018)
  • "European Pre-Insolvency Proceedings: A Primer for Investors in Distressed Funds," The Hedge Fund Journal (July 27, 2017)
  • "Avoiding Errors When Dismissing a Bankruptcy Appeal," Law360 (March 2, 2017)
  • "Ship Arrests and Creditors' Rights in Maritime Bankruptcies," The Deal Pipeline (January 9, 2017)
  • "Viewpoint: Jevic Ruling Could Limit Chapter 11 Exit Strategies," WSJ Pro Bankruptcy (August 11, 2016)
  • "Blocking a Bankruptcy Filing Still a Remote Possibility," Law360 (May 6, 2016)
  • "Director and Officer Releases: Decision Underlines Importance of Detailed Language to Avoid Liability," Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review (May 3, 2016)

Select Presentations

  • Municipal Insolvency & Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, Turnaround Management Association - Arizona Chapter (January 27, 2021)
  • Strategies for Accelerating Tribal Growth: Mergers & Acquisitions Best Practices, REDW, LLC Webinar (August 26, 2019)
  • The Intersection of Bankruptcy Preference and Mechanic's Lien Waivers: A Wrong Turn Can Be Costly, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (August 1, 2019)
  • Ethics at the Office, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (June 1, 2019)

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Turnaround Management Association - Arizona Chapter (Board of Directors; NextGen Committee Co-Chair)


  • The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch", Corporate Law, 2021, 2022
  • Super Lawyers® - Southwest Rising Star, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Super Lawyers® - New York Metro Rising Star, 2017, 2018
Michael Galen