Randy Michelson focuses her practice on complex business bankruptcy
and receivership cases, restructuring, assignments for the benefit of
creditors, and consideration of bankruptcy issues in sophisticated
corporate transactions. For nearly 25 years, she has represented creditors,
creditors' committees, trustees, receivers and purchasers of distressed
assets in virtually every type of insolvency matter.
In addition to her role as counsel, she has been a mediator, been designated an expert witness, and served as a Chapter 11 trustee. She has appeared on CNN and CourtTV to provide expert legal analysis on insolvency topics. She lectures frequently.
Ms. Michelson represented the prevailing parties in Perlman v. Catapult Entertainment, Inc (In re Catapult Entertainment, Inc.), 163 F.3d 747 (9th Cir.), cert. dismissed,120 S.Ct. 369 (U.S.1999), the leading Ninth Circuit case on the treatment of intellectual property in bankruptcy cases.
Ms. Michelson is vice president of the Bay Area Receivers Forum and a director of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Northern California chapter. She was president of the California Bankruptcy Forum and the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, and she chaired the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is a resolution advocate on the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Panel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. She serves as a mediator in disputes between citizens and police officers for San Francisco's Office of Citizen Complaints.
Ms. Michelson has been selected as a Superlawyer each year since 2004. She appears in the 2009-2010 edition of the Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook.
Michelson formerly was a partner at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen, and its successor, Bingham McCutchen, where she headed the firm's Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Insolvency Group. She practiced at that firm for over 22 years, from 1985 to 2007.
Michelson was a law clerk to the Honorable Spencer Williams of the Northern District of California. She received her J.D. from Yale University in 1983 and her B.A., with distinction in all subjects, in psychology from Cornell University in 1979.