Michael Rubenstein is an experienced bankruptcy practitioner with a diverse commercial practice encompassing not only business bankruptcies, restructurings and reorganizations, but complex business litigation and criminal law. With a reputation for efficiency and effectiveness, his bankruptcy practice is largely devoted to the representation of creditors, often in the energy sector, in complex reorganizations throughout the U.S.
Michael also routinely handles the defense of preference litigation in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the U.S. and is certified in the area of business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. “Liskow’s depth of bankruptcy and courtroom experience is truly an asset for every client that hires us in these areas,” Michael notes.
Major financial institutions throughout Texas and Louisiana regularly seek Michael's guidance. In addition, he has extensive experience in general business litigation and government enforcement proceedings, and has managed complex, large and difficult electronic discovery projects in both criminal and civil cases.
Michael has served as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He has also served on the firm’s compensation, technology, library, medical, and office administration committees. He was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana from 1993–1995.
By order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Michael represented an inmate on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. This resulted in a compromise, whereby the client was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and receive a life sentence.
In recognition of this work, Michael received the Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the firm received the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
Michael also served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project.