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Michael D. Lessne

Partner

100 S.E. 3rd Avenue
Suite 2700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
michael.lessne@nelsonmullins.com

Michael Lessne is a commercial litigator and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and restructuring attorney. Mr. Lessne is also a CPA licensed in Florida.

Mr. Lessne provides counsel to businesses and individuals in a broad array of restructuring and insolvency matters (including to debtors, lenders and other creditors, creditors’ committees, fiduciaries, and purchasers of assets), in complex...

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Michael Lessne is a commercial litigator and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and restructuring attorney. Mr. Lessne is also a CPA licensed in Florida.

Mr. Lessne provides counsel to businesses and individuals in a broad array of restructuring and insolvency matters (including to debtors, lenders and other creditors, creditors’ committees, fiduciaries, and purchasers of assets), in complex business and consumer bankruptcy matters, state court assignments, and out-of-court workouts, as well as in state and federal court proceedings involving business disputes and complex litigation. He has experience representing bankruptcy trustees and other parties in a variety of matters, including in healthcare cases, cases involving Ponzi schemes and fraud, retail cases, avoidance actions (including fraudulent transfer and preference proceedings), and dischargeability matters (including with respect to taxes).

Mr. Lessne also has experience in the areas of accounting and individual and corporate taxation, having interned at a prominent forensic accounting firm for a bankruptcy trustee, at a national tax firm, and at an international accounting firm. 

business and consumer bankruptcy matters, state court assignments, and out-of-court workouts, as well as in state and federal court proceedings involving business disputes and complex litigation. He has experience representing bankruptcy trustees and other parties in a variety of matters, including in healthcare cases, cases involving Ponzi schemes and fraud, retail cases, avoidance actions (including fraudulent transfer and preference proceedings), and dischargeability matters (including with respect to taxes).

Mr. Lessne also has experience in the areas of accounting and individual and corporate taxation, having interned at a prominent forensic accounting firm for a bankruptcy trustee, at a national tax firm, and at an international accounting firm. 

Michael Lessne is a commercial litigator and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and restructuring attorney. Mr. Lessne is also a CPA licensed in Florida.

Mr. Lessne provides counsel to businesses and individuals in a broad array of restructuring and insolvency matters (including to debtors, lenders and other creditors, creditors’ committees, fiduciaries, and purchasers of assets), in complex... business and consumer bankruptcy matters, state court assignments, and out-of-court workouts, as well as in state and federal court proceedings involving business disputes and complex litigation. He has experience representing bankruptcy trustees and other parties in a variety of matters, including in healthcare cases, cases involving Ponzi schemes and fraud, retail cases, avoidance actions (including fraudulent transfer and preference proceedings), and dischargeability matters (including with respect to taxes).

Mr. Lessne also has experience in the areas of accounting and individual and corporate taxation, having interned at a prominent forensic accounting firm for a bankruptcy trustee, at a national tax firm, and at an international accounting firm. 

Experience

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Representative Matters

  • Represented national banks and other secured creditors, as well as unsecured creditors, in business and consumer bankruptcy proceedings, advancing their rights and defending against claims brought by debtors and trustees.
  • Represented large trade and service creditors and parties to executory contracts in large retail bankruptcies in Florida and in Delaware. Represented a creditors’ committee of a hospital in a Chapter 11 case in the Northern District of Florida.
  • Represented an examiner and a liquidating trustee in a $24 million bankruptcy case pending in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Represented trustees appointed over healthcare providers.
  • Represented trustees appointed over Ponzi scheme debtors.
  • Represented trustees prosecuting avoidance actions and defendants who have been targeted.
  • Represented potential and actual defendants who have been targeted by trustees in two cases involving clinical laboratories.
  • Represented debtors who owned a retail mall and confirmed a joint chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

Previous Professional Experience

  • Attorney, GrayRobinson, PA (2009-2017)
  • Intern, Honorable Robert A. Mark, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida (2009)
  • Intern, Kapila & Company, Fort Lauderdale (2009)
  • Intern, WTAS now known as Andersen Tax, West Palm Beach (2008)
  • Intern, KPMG, Miami (2006)

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, JD (2009)
    • Rothschild Entrepreneurship Award
  • University of Florida, MAcc, Accounting (2006)
    • Fisher School of Accounting Ed Triplett Leadership Award
  • University of Florida, BS, Accounting (2006)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Practice Areas

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  • Advisory Board Member, Keiser University’s Legal Studies program (2015-present)
  • Broward Director, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida (2013-present)
  • Leadership Fort Lauderdale
    • Graduate, Class 18
    • Vice Chair, Class 20
    • Curriculum Chair, Class 21
  • Graduate, Leadership Broward, Class 35
  • Board Member, Deliver the Dream (2015-2018)
  • Board of Directors, Leadership Broward Foundation 
  • Steering Committee, Ghost Light Society (2015-Present); Co-Chair (2018)
  • Board of Directors, Broward Performing Arts Foundation (2018) 
  • Steering Committee, Historic Stranahan House Museum’s Annual “Holiday Hangover” (new-year kickoff event) (2015-Present)
  • Committee Member, Turquoise Takeover Task Force for the American Lung Association in Broward County (2017)
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