Michael K. Riordan

Special Counsel


Michael Riordan focuses on complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations for clients in a wide range of industry sectors, including upstream oil and gas, energy, telecommunications and insurance. He represents a mix of creditors and debtors in Texas and elsewhere, and counsels clients on out-of-court workouts, turnarounds, the acquisition and sale of distressed assets, and bankruptcy-related litigation and litigation avoidance.

Mike has earned a reputation as one who is highly responsive and forthright. Prior to joining Foley Gardere, he worked as an associate for an international firm and as a law clerk for the Honorable Jeff Bohm of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. He also served as a volunteer prosecutor for the Houston Volunteer Prosecutor Program, where he prosecuted six misdemeanor jury trials, including witness preparation, voir dire, direct and cross-examination, evidentiary motions and closing arguments.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, (2009), with honors
    • Member, Texas Intellectual Property Law Society
    • Member, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • B.S., Texas Tech University, (2006), cum laude
    • Physics


  • Texas (2009)
  • Texas State Courts (2009)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2013)

Representative Matters

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Represented international seismic company in a $2.5 million USD misappropriation of trade secret and breach of contract claim against licensee for disclosing to and allowing partners to use seismic data without paying requisite license fees
Represented insurance company in the bankruptcy court resolution of insurance coverage claims under the policies issued to Freedom Industries arising from the chemical spill into the river near Charleston, W.Va.
Represented a client in the successful acquisition of transportation-related assets through a 363 sales process and auction in the sellers bankruptcy court