Michael L. Martinez


Born in Belleville, NJ, June 25, 1984; admitted to bar, 2009, North Carolina and U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2009).


University of Florida (B.A. in Political Science and English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies, Cum Laude 2006); University of North Carolina (J.D., 2009); Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review (2007-2008); Symposium Editor, North Carolina Law Review (2008-2009).

Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy, Debtor/Creditor and Business Workouts
Corporate & Business Law


Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law (NC State Bar)
Certified as Business Bankruptcy Specialist (American Board of Certification)


American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy Law Section)
North Carolina State Bar
Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

“Recent Case Law Summaries - Subchapter V,” Am. Bankr. Trustee Journal (recurring since Spring 2023)
“Ponzi Schemes and Fraud,” 2024 Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar
“Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions and Their Impact on Bankruptcy,” 2023 NCBA Annual Bankruptcy Institute
“Discovery Issues in Contentious Subchapter V Cases,” 2023 NABT Annual Conference
Co-Managing Editor, North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual, Ninth Edition (2023)
“Receivership,” 2022 Superior Court Judges' Summer Conference
“Show Me the Money: Practical Issues at the Intersection of Subchapter V Trustees and Estate Funds,” 2022 NABT Annual Conference
“Subchapter V Small Business Reorganization Update,” 2022 Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar
"Subchapter V Eligibility," XXXVII Am. Bankr. Trustee Journal 3, 31-36, Summer 2021 (Part 1), XXXVII Am. Bankr. Trustee Journal 4, 32-35, Fall 2021 (Part 2)
"360° of Investigation: Investigation of Debtors and Recovery of Assets," 2021 ABI SE Workshop
“Subchapter V Trustee Duties and Pre-Plan Considerations,” 2020 NABT Subchapter V Bootcamp
Co-Managing Editor, North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual, Eighth Edition (2017)
“The Ebb of Rising-Tide Distributions in Ponzi Scheme Bankruptcies,” XXXV ABI Journal 6, 16, 69-70, June 2016
“What’s New in Chapter 11 Practice?,” 2014 Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar

Community Involvement

NABT Subchapter V Committee, Member (2022-Present); North Carolina State Bar Bankruptcy Law Specialty Committee, Member (2021-Present);  NAFER Regional Program Committee (2023-Present); NCBA Bankruptcy Section Council, Member (2017-2021); Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, President (2021-2022), Incoming President (2020-2021), Secretary (2019-2020); Board of Directors (2018-2019); NCBA Annual Bankruptcy Institute Planning Committee, Chair (2020-2021), Member (2019-2021); MBF Development Committee, Vice-Chair (2018-2019), Member (2018-2022); 2020 Western District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee; MCB / MBF Bar Leadership Institute Committee, Chair (2018-2019), Vice-Chair (2017-2018), Member (2015-2019); MCB Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member (2016-2019); MCB Communications Committee, Chair (2014-2015), Vice-Chair (2013-2014), Member (2012-2015); NCBA / Legal Aid of North Carolina Lawyer on the Line Program Volunteer (2012-2021); NCBA YLD Pro Bono and Poverty Issues Committee, Member (2015-2017); NCBA YLD Project Grace Committee, Member (2015-2017); Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar Planning Committee, Chair (2014-2015), Vice-Chair (2013-2014), Member (2012-2015); MCB Linking Lawyers Mentorship Program Volunteer (2015); MCB Lunch with a Lawyer Mentorship Program Volunteer (2010-2011); NCBA YLD Wills for Heroes Program Volunteer (2010-2011).


American Bankruptcy Institute 40 Under 40, Class of 2020
2018 NCBA Bankruptcy Section Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Award
Supreme Court of North Carolina Pro Bono Society (2016)
2015 Next Generation Program, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
MCB / MBF Bar Leadership Institute, Graduate Class of 2014
2013 Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

Super Lawyers (A registered trademark of Thomson Reuters) (Bankruptcy) (since 2018)

North Carolina Legal Elite (Bankruptcy) by Business North Carolina (since 2021)