Michael Thomson
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Michael Thomson

Partner
thomson.michael@dorsey.com

Overview

MIKE HELPS CLIENTS NAVIGATE COMPLEX BANKRUPTCY AND RECEIVERSHIP PROCEEDINGS, WORKOUTS, AND RELATED LITIGATION.

Mike has significant experience helping clients protect their interests in bankruptcy cases in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. In addition to serving as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the District of Utah, he represents creditors, distressed companies, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, and receivers in all aspects of the workout, restructuring, and liquidation process, including litigation and appeals.

Education & Admissions

University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 2000), Articles Editor, Utah Law Review; William H. Leary Scholar; First Place and Best Brief, Intermountain Region, National Moot Court Competition (1999–2000)

Brigham Young University (B.A., English, 1997)

Admissions

  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Languages

  • Italian

Experience

  • Counsel to national clothing retailer as debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to senior secured lender in Chapter 11 casino case
  • Counsel to Chapter 7 trustee in a multi-million dollar Ponzi case, and managing dozens of related lawsuits
  • Counsel to 10 different Chapter 7 trustees in numerous bankruptcy cases in Utah and Nevada

Representative Litigation

  • In re Kiley, 595 B.R. 595 (Bankr. D. Utah 2018)
  • In re Naartjie Custom Kids, Inc., 534 B.R. 416 (Bankr. D. Utah 2015)
  • In re Reinhart, 267 P.3d 895 (Utah 2011)
  • Gillman v. Ford (In re Ford), 492 F.3d 1148 (10th Cir. 2007)
  • Miller v. Miller (In re Miller), 302 B.R. 705 (10th Cir. BAP 2003)
  • In re Flamingo 55, Inc., 378 B.R. 893 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2007)

News & Resources

Articles

Bankruptcy Court Opinion Clarifies California Law on Duties of Directors & Officers Upon Insolvency

News & Press Mentions

Twenty Dorsey Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Seventeen Dorsey Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
11 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Dorsey Wins 2016 Turnaround Atlas Award for Judicial Restructuring of the Year
Dorsey Wins 8th Annual International M&A Award
Dorsey Wins 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
Dorsey Wins 14th Annual M&A Advisor Award for Real Estate Deal of the Year
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Super Lawyers Recognizes 12 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Ten Dorsey Salt Lake Lawyers Recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers

Select Presentations

  • “Navigating the World of Bankruptcy: Options for Creditors and Debtors,” Utah State Bar Spring Convention, March 2016
  • “Bankruptcy 101,” Utah State Bar Spring Convention, March 2015
  • “The Roles and Responsibilities of Bankruptcy Trustees,” Southern Utah Federal Law Symposium, Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, St. George, Utah, May 2013
  • “Ventilating: Fresh Air for Miners, Fresh Start for Debtors – How Fresh is Fresh?,” American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Conference, Denver, Colorado, January 2013
  • "Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy," Utah State Bar Spring Convention, March 2012 
  • “Navigating Bankruptcy in Troubled Times: Options for Creditors and Debtors,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2009 
  • “Evictions in Utah: Residential and Commercial,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2008 
  • “Foreclosure and Repossession in Nevada,” Lorman Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2008 
  • “Landlord and Tenant Law in Utah,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2008 
  • “Collection Law: The Good, the Bad and the Profitable,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 2007 
  • “What We Know That We Didn’t Know Then: The Bankruptcy Reform Act One Year Later,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2006 
  • “What Every Creditor Needs to Know about the Consumer Protection Act of 2005 in Utah,” Lorman Seminar, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2006

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mining

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, District of Utah         
  • Board Member, Turnaround Management Association-Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • Member, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Former Voting Council Member, Bankruptcy Law Section, State Bar of Nevada

Accolades

  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2011-2019
  • Listed as a Salt Lake City Super Lawyer, 2013-2018
  • Listed as a Rising Star by Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2008-2012
  • Named in Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite," Bankruptcy & Workout, 2018-2019
Michael Thomson