Michael SabellaBaker & Hostetler LLP, New York, NY
“Michael has proven himself to be a team player, showing great initiative, drive, and judgment.”
MICHAEL is an associate at BakerHostetler, where he focuses his practice on the areas of restructuring, bankruptcy, corporate governance litigation and complex commercial litigation. He assists debtors, committees, secured and unsecured creditors, examiners and trustees in corporate and individual debtor cases ranging across all industries and in all aspects of litigation and transactions. He also has presented on and written about a wide range of bankruptcy issues, including involuntary bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy case updates, fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation issues, and interpretations of the Bankruptcy Code.
Because of his bankruptcy experience, Michael connected with Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), an organization dedicated to teaching high school and college students about financial literacy and the responsible use of credit. He is a member of CARE’s Development Committee and its board of directors. He is also on the Development Committee for the ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. An alumnus of St. John’s University School of Law’s ABI Law Review, where he served as staff editor and then the Associate Managing Editor, he mentors current and graduated law students that serve on the Law Review. In addition, he serves as the editor-in-chief of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Business Bankruptcy Committee’s eNewsletter.
Being hard of hearing and gay, Michael routinely advocates for diversity in the profession by organizing and speaking on panels addressing the importance and need for inclusivity. He currently serves as a commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights and chairs the Lawyers with Disabilities Involvement Subcommittee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. He also is an advocate for pro bono cases and causes, and he assists pro bono clients with LGBTQ+ impact litigation and representation, asylum applications, post-conviction relief and amicus briefs for different human rights and interest groups.