Michael D. Rubenstein Shareholder, Houston
Mr. Rubenstein is a litigator with a diverse commercial practice encompassing business bankruptcy, complex business litigation, and criminal law. His broad experience allows him to assist clients in a wide variety of issues that their businesses may encounter.
Mr. Rubenstein’s bankruptcy practice is largely, though not exclusively, devoted to the representation of creditors in complex reorganizations. Recently, he served as lead counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 liquidation of Superior Offshore International, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Tex). In that case, the Committee was a co-proponent of the plan that was confirmed, over the objection of a majority shareholder, by the bankruptcy court. Following confirmation of the plan, Mr. Rubenstein represented the Post-Confirmation Committee that oversaw the liquidation of the reorganized debtor. In that case, all of the creditors had their claims paid in full with interest. His practice also regularly includes the defense of preference litigation in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the United States. He is certified in the area of business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.
Outside of bankruptcy court, Mr. Rubenstein has experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, including energy, banking, steel, health care, and real estate, to name a few. By way of example, Mr. Rubenstein successfully represented a nursing home operator in an $11 million breach of contract action that was tried to verdict in the Western District of Texas. He also has experience successfully representing taxpayers in challenges to the assessment of illegal ad valorem taxes. His experience also includes energy litigation matters, such as exploration and production disputes and prosecution and defense of lien claims. He also has substantial arbitration experience. Mr. Rubenstein currently serves as Chair of the Section of Antitrust and Business Litigation of the State Bar of Texas.
Mr. Rubenstein also has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals targeted for prosecution by state and federal law enforcement. His practice encompasses every step in the criminal justice process, from pre-indictment negotiations through trial. In addition, he has particular experience coordinating responses to grand jury subpoenas and has conducted numerous internal investigations that have enabled clients to avoid prosecution. In both the criminal and civil contexts, Mr. Rubenstein has managed complex and difficult electronic discovery projects.
In addition, Mr. Rubenstein has substantial experience in a number of pro bono matters, including the successful representation, by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, of an inmate on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. This representation resulted in a compromise with the State whereby the client was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and a life sentence. In recognition of this work, Mr. Rubenstein received the Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the firm received the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
Within the firm, Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the compensation, technology, and office administration committees. He also serves as the chair of the firm’s library committee, with responsibility for both print and electronic resources.