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Michael P. Cooley has a comprehensive practice centered on matters of federal bankruptcy law, business reorganization and liquidation, and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy cases and in out-of-court restructurings ranging in size from a few million dollars to several billion dollars . He regularly serves as counsel to debtors, official committees, prepetition and DIP lenders, and acquirers of distressed assets, and has taken a leading role in nearly all aspects of case administration; litigation strategy; and the structure, formulation and confirmation of complex (and sometimes unique) plans of reorganization . He is also the author of 26 original chapters on procedural rules governing bankruptcy litigation for the Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise.

In 2015, Mr. Cooley was recognized for his efforts in connection with the Karnes City Pro Bono Immigration Project, a collaborative project that provides pro bono representation to Central American families seeking asylum while held in federal detention . In that capacity, Mr. Cooley represented multiple families in a variety of immigration court proceedings, including two contested trials that resulted in affirmative grants of asylum for his clients.

Prior to law school, Mr. Cooley spent four years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Naval Flight Officer with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four (VQ-4).

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014-present
    • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly magazine, 2005-2011
    • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2014-present
    • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly magazine, 2005-2011
    • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2014-present
    • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2014-present
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Representative Experience

  • Represented Barnes Bay Development, Ltd., et al.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Noteholders of R.E. Loans, LLC, et al.
  • Represented two of the largest special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities in various chapter 11 cases and related adversary proceedings
  • Represented various debtors in business liquidations under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Represented the leading North American manufacturer of office stationery products in its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Represented a West Texas physicians hospital in its chapter 11 liquidation
  • Represented a chain of 14 nursing homes in their chapter 11 liquidation
  • Represented one of the 25 largest cable operators in the United States in connection with its chapter 11 case
  • Represented the court-appointed examiner in the chapter 11 reorganization of one of the world’s largest producers, generators and marketers of electricity

Speaking Engagements

  • "Chapter 11 Practice Course," John C. Ford American Inn of Court
  • "Structured Dismissals," 2015 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
  • “Judicial Estoppel and the Million-Dollar Sanction,” 2014 Northern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference
  • “An Explanation of the New US Trustee Compensation Guidelines,” 2013 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
  • “Involuntary Petitions: a Weapon in the Right or Wrong Hands,” 2012 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
  • “Getting In”: Compensation Issues Under § 328 and § 330,” 2010 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
  • “LLCs in Bankruptcy,” 2007 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference,