Michael J. Small is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Michael focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. He has represented financial institutions, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and debtors in reorganization cases, liquidations, workouts, transactions, and a variety of federal and state court litigation. Michael is a member of and has led the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. He also practices with the firm’s Food & Beverage and Sports Industry Teams.
Michael's notable engagements include:
Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1991), received a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (M.A., 1988), and earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985).
Michael teaches Chapter 11 Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School and has taught previously at Washington University in St. Louis.
Michael has lectured and participated in panels at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan. His publications include:
Michael is admitted to practice in Illinois, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where he is a member of the Trial Bar, and the United States Supreme Court. He has also appeared in federal and state courts in Delaware, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Michael was recognized in Chambers USA for his bankruptcy/restructuring work (2014 - 2017). He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Michael was recognized in 2013 by the Legal 500 for his work in the area of finance – corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy). He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2011 and the 2007 – 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists.*
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.