Michael R. Mills

Michael R. Mills




Mike’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and business disputes. He takes pride in understanding the practical business impact of legal matters.

Mike’s practice covers a wide variety of business and finance issues, and he serves as outside general counsel consulting on strategic issues for many of his clients.

Education & Admissions

University of Michigan (J.D., 1987)

University of Queensland, Australia (1984), Rotary Foundation Fellowship

University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1983)


  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Districts of Alaska and Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Washington, the Northern District of Oklahoma


Representative Work

Transactional Matters

  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America), Inc. (represented Ritchie Bros. in §363 bankruptcy acquisition of $35,000,000 of pipeline equipment)
  • Builders Choice, Inc. (represented seller in stock sale of modular builder and lumber company)
  • Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc. (represent Alaska-based pharmacy as corporate counsel and in multiple acquisitions in Wyoming, Washington, Idaho and Alaska)
  • The Chenega Corporation (represented The Chenega Corporation in numerous multi-million dollar acquisitions from 2007-present, one over $50,000,000, and the sale of several hotels)
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation (represented buyer in purchase of three Alaska fishing lodges, including Brooks Lodge)
  • Inlet Fish Producers, Inc. (represented fish processor in sale of its three plants)
  • Janicki Industries, Inc. (represented borrower in $52,000,000 financing, $15,000,000 Utah plant expansion, and $62,000,000 financing)
  • VECO Corporation (represented major shareholder in $463,000,000 sale to CH2M HILL of oil and gas related engineering and construction company)
  • Real Estate Financing (completed $10,300,000 commercial mortgage-backed security refinancing after successful debt restructure and co-owner buy-out)
  • Corporate Restructuring (represented numerous companies and also creditors in successful debt restructurings)

Commercial Disputes

  • Aleut Enterprise, LLC v. Adak Seafoods and Independence Bank (obtained summary judgment for owner of fish processing plant in complex lease dispute)
  • Tikigaq/Global Services v. Alaska Petroleum Contractors (obtained a jury verdict of approximately $700,000 against Alaska Petroleum Contractors in the Alaska Superior Court)
  • Alltel Publishing v. Alaska Communication Systems (represented Alltel Publishing of Akron, Ohio, subsidiary of Alltel Corporation, in Alaska Superior Court in multi-million dollar breach of contract action over termination of yellow page contract)
  • Ownership Disputes (represent many owners in disputes, sales and dissolutions)

Bankruptcy Matters (Debtor, Creditor and Trustee Counsel)

  • Channel Construction (Alaska) (represent unsecured creditors committee in full payment plan)
  • Aleut Management Services (Colorado case) (defended corporate parent in fraudulent transfer case brought by trustee)
  • TW&C (Maryland case) (represented Chenega in a government contractor Chapter 11 cash collateral loan and 363 purchase of contracts)
  • Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska, Inc. (Diocese of Fairbanks) (confirmed Chapter 11 plan) (Debtor Counsel)
  • Pacific Energy (Delaware case) (represented CIRI as pipeline lessor and natural gas lessor in debtor's sale of oil field on west side of Cook Inlet)
  • Era Aviation (represented Seacor Holdings, Era Helicopters, Era FBO, largest unsecured creditors and member of unsecured creditors' committee in Chapter 11, full payout plan)
  • Martech, Inc. and Chapter 7 trustee (represented NYSE listed construction/remediation company in Chapter 11 and served as special counsel for Chapter 7 trustee)
  • MarkAir, Inc. and Chapter 7 trustee (largest Chapter 11 in Alaska's history. Alaska based airline. Successfully reorganized in 1993. Second Chapter 11 case converted to Chapter 7 in 1995. Served as special counsel for Chapter 7 trustee) Trustees (represented trustee in over 100 chapter 7 cases)

Representative Clients

  • The Aleut Corporation
  • All American Oilfield, LLC
  • Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC
  • Calkins & Burke, Ltd./C.B. Magnum, Inc. (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Chenega Corporation
  • ENSTAR Natural Gas Company
  • Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
  • Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc.
  • Grant Aviation Inc.
  • Inlet Fisheries, Inc./Inlet Fish Producers, Inc.
  • Janicki Industries, Inc. (Sedro-Woolley, WA)
  • Mobile IV Systems, LLC
  • Partusch Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Phillips Scales, Inc.   
  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (Vancouver, BC)
  • TerraSond Limited, Inc.

Industries & Practices

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Executive Compensation
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Technology Commerce

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Covenant House Alaska (Board member since 2008; Chair 2014-2016)
  • Anchorage Community Development Authority (Board member since 2012; Chair 2015-Present)
  • South Anchorage High School (Stadium committee)


Top Ranked - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Top Ranked - Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual     

  • Listed as an Alaska Super Lawyer, 2013-2015
  • Ranked as a Corporate/M&A and Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy lawyer by Chambers USA, 2011-2016 (Band 1 and 2)
  • Ranked one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA, 2007 & 2010
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2003-2017   
  • Co-Chair of Bankruptcy Section of Alaska Bar, 1995-1997
Michael R. Mills