Michael A. Jones

Michael A. Jones

MEMBER  |  CERTIFIED BANKRUPTCY SPECIALIST

Michael Jones is a bankruptcy attorney with Allen Barnes & Jones’s Phoenix office.  He is a state and nationally certified bankruptcy specialist.
Mr. Jones has also been rated by his peers as AV® Preeminent™, the highest designation awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, the primary rating organization for attorneys.

Practice Areas
Creditors' Rights
Business and Consumer Debtor Bankruptcy Chapters 7, 11, 12, 13, and 15
Loan Workouts, Restructuring, and Settlement
Asset Protection
Bankruptcy Litigation and Appeals
Certifications
Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification
Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Honors and Awards
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™, Martindale-Hubbell®
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2017: Selected by peers as among the the top 2.5% of eligible attorneys
Representative Experience
  • Regularly serve as counsel for secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, franchisors, landlords, leaseholders, trustees, and debtors in loan workouts and in all chapters of bankruptcy proceedings, including trials and appeals
  • Representation has included successful Chapter 11 reorganizations of numerous individuals, real estate brokers, farmers, restaurants, and many other Arizona businesses 
  • Represented unsecured creditors’ committee in successfully prosecuting claims exceeding $40 million and served as liquidating trustee for unsecured creditors’ trust in bankruptcy of largest grower and distributor of palm trees in the country, resulted in recovery of 50% to unsecured creditors when minimal recovery was anticipated due to secured lenders’ blanket liens
  • Briefed and argued successful motion for summary judgment avoiding secured creditor's liens encumbering over $2 million in bankruptcy estate assets
  • Represented a group of nine commercial landlords in a significant Chapter 11 case in pursuing lease rights to the fullest extent, and negotiated entry of $2 million in non-dischargeable judgments against debtor’s principals
  • Successfully conducted a trial to confirm a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of an Arizona land developer and defended against an appeal
  • Prevailed in defending against an appeal of a favorable ruling in a contested bankruptcy matter: Jones v. Mullen (In re Jones), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 488 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Feb. 5, 2014)
Professional Affiliations
Maricopa County Bar Association: Chair 2016, Bankruptcy Section Board 2014-present
State Bar of Arizona: Appointed to Bankruptcy Section and Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission to oversee certification of bankruptcy specialists in Arizona
Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court 2011-present: Barrister
Community Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyers Program
Presentations
"Code Section 523 Nondischargeability and Trial Issues," Maricopa County Bar Association, May 2016
"Recent Developments in Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Law," Maricopa County Bar Association, February 2015
"An Overview of Fraudulent Transfers and Preference Actions," Bankruptcy Ambush Series, May 2014
"Ethics for the Bankruptcy Practitioner," State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2013
Clerkships/Externships
Judicial Extern, Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
Education
J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2009: Business Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 2008-2009
B.A., Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, 2006
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