Michael I. Gottfried is a partner with over 25 years of diversified experience in bankruptcy cases, workouts, and out-of-court restructuring matters. He has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and asset purchasers in such cases as: In re Adelphia Communications Corporation (Southern District of New York); In re The Boyds Collection Ltd (District of Maryland); In re Chevys, Inc. (Northern District of California); Union Acceptance Corporation (District of Indiana). Mr. Gottfried’s representations at Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP included counsel for: the Chapter 7 Trustee (and prior counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors) in the Empire Land LLC bankruptcy case; 944 Media, LLC, and Tamrac, Inc. in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases; Level 3 Communications, LLC in the TCAST Communications, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. in the Dimitrios Biller Chapter 11 bankruptcy case; IMImobile in the Archer USA Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, and general outside bankruptcy counsel for Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Los Angeles and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on various matters.
Mr. Gottfried began his legal career in 1987 as a bankruptcy lawyer in New York at the firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin & Frankel. Since leaving New York, Mr. Gottfried has been a partner at the Los Angeles offices of McDermott, Will & Emery, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Gottfried is admitted to practice law in both New York and California.
Mr. Gottfried currently is an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School. He has lectured and written articles on a number of bankruptcy law issues, including participating in a seminar at a State Bar conference on bankruptcy issues for real estate practitioners. Mr. Gottfried served on the Insolvency Law Committee for the State Bar of California, the board of the California Bankruptcy Forum, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Mr. Gottfried has also actively engaged in diversity efforts and was the Chairman of the Los Angeles Diversity Committee for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Currently, Mr. Gottfried is on the Legal Counsel for the Williams Institute, a think tank affiliated with UCLA School of Law.
Mr. Gottfried has been listed in the Southern California Super Lawyers as of one of the top lawyers in the State of California from 2007 through 2018.
Mr Gottfried graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.A. in English Literature in 1976. He received an M.L.S. from Columbia University in 1977, and his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1987.