Michael Z. Brownstein

Counsel

P 212.216.8036   F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 

Michael Z. Brownstein

Counsel

P 212.216.8036   F 212.216.8001   mbrownstein@tarterkrinsky.com

For more than 40 years, Michael Brownstein has counseled clients in all facets of Chapter 11 cases, including insolvency, workouts, bankruptcy and reorganization work. Michael has significant bankruptcy litigation experience and has handled high-profile representations as debtor’s counsel, committee counsel, committee chairperson or member, lender/lessor counsel, equity committee and shareholder counsel.

Michael is a frequent lecturer and author on bankruptcy law topics. He also moderated the New York State Bar Association program “Practical Skills – Basics of Bankruptcy Practice” and spoke at the Lorman Institute on LLCs and bankruptcy.

Michael has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. He has also been recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Banking & Finance Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, based on his AV® preeminent peer review rating – the highest rating in legal ability and professional standards. In addition, he has been listed in Super Lawyers for the years 2012–2018, and in 2014 and 2015, the magazine ranked him as one of the New York Metro Top 100 attorneys.

Representative Matters:

  • Waterscape Resort as counsel to the secured lender in a real estate development’s Chapter 11 and liquidation proceedings
  • Centaur, LLC, et al. as counsel to the creditors’ committee in a racing/gaming Chapter 11 case
  • Fred Leighton Holdings, Inc., et al. as counsel to the creditors’ committee in a high-end jewelry Chapter 11 case
  • UniMarts, LLC as counsel to the creditors’ committee in a gas station/convenience store chain Chapter 11 case
  • Alset Owners, LLC, et al. (Checkers) as counsel to the debtor in fast-food chain Chapter 11 case
  • Chiyoda America Inc. as counsel to the debtor in manufacturing Chapter 11 case
  • NPC Acquisition as counsel to the secured lender in a large paper manufacturing case
  • Chrysler as counsel to New Chrysler in case critical litigation with Daimler, which settled
  • MediCor Ltd. as counsel to creditors’ committee for holding company for medical device entity in its Chapter 11
  • Global Industrial Technologies as counsel to a large insurance company in an asbestos and silicose plan of reorganization
  • Refco Capital Markets as counsel to customers and creditors in Chapter 11 case of financial services company
  • Bidermann Industries U.S.A., Inc. (Arrow Shirts) as co-counsel to debtor in clothing manufacturer’s Chapter 11 case
  • Trans World Airlines as counsel to creditors’ committee in multibillion dollar international airline Chapter 11 case
  • Pittsburgh Canfield Corp. (Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp.) as counsel to creditors’ committee of steel manufacturer of the only successful steel reorganization
  • Weirton Steel as counsel to creditors’ committee of steel reorganization
  • Horsehead Industries as counsel to creditors’ committee of zinc processor in its Chapter 11 cases
  • KB Toys in the representation of major creditor on creditors’ committee of toy manufacturer
  • Kmart in the representation of major creditor and preference defendant in mega retail chain Chapter 11 case
  • Reliance Insurance Company as counsel to state liquidator of insurance company in holding-company Chapter 11 and state liquidation proceedings
  • Hotel Syracuse in the representation of secured lender and seller
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center and Caledonian Health Center Inc. in the representation of debtor-in-possession lender in hospital system Chapter 11
Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD 1973
  • City College of New York, BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1969
Admissions
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Quote I Live By:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." - The Golden Rule

Favorite Sports Team:
Giants and Yankees

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florence, Italy

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Education
  • New York University School of Law, JD 1973
  • City College of New York, BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1969
Admissions
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

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