Michael A. Steel

Partner

Established Akron-based attorney with over 14 years of complex bankruptcy experience in Northeast Ohio working closely with attorneys from the Office of the United States Trustee and existing Chapter 7 Panel Trustees. Work-out arrangements and negotiations with creditors as alternatives to bankruptcy. Various legal engagements serving as a Receiver and Trustee’s litigation counsel. Law practice primarily focused on commercial and business Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters as well as financial reorganization, creditor committee representation, and business transactions. Recognized by colleagues as a leader in the area bankruptcy practice. Well organized, effective communicator and consensus builder, professional, and actively engaged in the local legal community.

Contact Information

75 East Market Street. Akron, Ohio 44308
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Education

The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
Miami University, B.S. Mass Communications / Media Managemen

Overview

  • Partner, BMD, LLC (2013 - Current)
    • Chair, Bankruptcy and Reorganization practice for the firm
  • Partner, Goldman & Rosen, 2005 – 2013
    • Managerial responsibilities for law firm of eleven attorneys including staffing, financial controls, budgeting, and mentorship
    • Associate, Goldman & Rosen, 2000 - 2004
  • Law Clerk, Summit County Common Pleas Court 1998-1999
  • Law Clerk / Research Intern, 9th District Court of Appeals, Akron, 1998
  • Law Clerk, Hershey & Browne, Akron, Ohio 1995-1997
  • Manager, Domestic Syndication, Four Star International/ New World Entertainment, Los Angeles, 1991-1994
    • Managed distribution of television programming nationally
    • Sales, Marketing, Budget, Production oversight
    • Various Television, Motion Picture and Multimedia production crew positions​
  • President, Board of Directors, Nazareth Housing Development Corp. 2007 – 2014
    • Supervised board and staff activities. Organized community outreach and fundraising efforts.
    • Established strategic relationships with local government and business leaders. Provided leadership and board governance that helped develop and rehabilitate over 100 homes in Summit County.
    • Soccer Coach, CYO Akron

Court & Bar Associations

  • Ohio Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District, Ohio 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District, Ohio 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 2005
  • United States Supreme Court, 2011
  • Florida Supreme Court, 2014
  • U.S. District Court. Middle District, Florida 2014

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2015 Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights
  • Best Attorneys, 2011 - 2015 Akron Life Magazine, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, Bankruptcy

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Akron Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, Business & Corporations Committee
    • Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Committee
    • Grievance, Investigative Subcommittees
    • Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
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