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Michael Galen, Phoenix-Scottsdale Commercial Bankruptcy Attorney




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Michael Galen

Michael Galen is an associate in Sacks Tierney’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice group.

Michael's experience encompasses chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, distressed M&A, corporate reorganizations and liquidations, distressed debt transactions, and other financial transactions. Michael represents companies, debtors, lenders, and secured and unsecured creditors in connection with all facets of such transactions and proceedings.

Michael earned his law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as an editor for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. Following law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Nancy Hershey Lord of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to joining Sacks Tierney, Michael was an associate in the New York office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice Area

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Business and Corporate Law

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers, New York Metro Rising Stars, 2017, 2018

Professional Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

State Bar of Arizona

Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

Turnaround Management Association

Bar and Court Admissions

New York, 2015

Arizona, 2019

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2019

Published Articles

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” (co-author), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ Bankruptcy Pro), August 11, 2016

Blocking a Bankruptcy Filing Still a Remote Possibility” (co-author), Law360, May 6, 2016

“Director and Officer Releases: Decision Underlines Importance of Detailed Language to Avoid Liability” (co-author), Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, May 3, 2016

Clerkships and Internships

Law Clerk, Hon. Nancy Hershey Lord, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, 2014-2015

Intern, Litigation Bureau (Bankruptcy Unit), Office of the Attorney General of New York, 2012

Judicial Intern, Hon. Cecelia G. Morris, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, 2012


J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 2014

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