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


Mecklenburg County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy Law Section)
North Carolina State Bar
American Bankruptcy Institute.

Reported Cases

Grier v. Gallagher, 2014 WL 4682083 (W.D.N.C. Sep. 19, 2014); Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina v. Jemsek Clinic, P.A., 506 B.R. 694 (W.D.N.C. Mar. 11, 2014); In re Nolan, 2013 WL 3153849 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. June 19, 2013); Mauney v. Cricket/Bojangles Coliseum, 2012 WL 5985497 (W.D.N.C. Oct 3, 2012); Bowers v. Hemphill (In re Nolan), 2012 WL 4738841 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. Oct 3, 2012); In re Nolan, 2012 WL 2564894 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. Jul 2, 2012).

Publications and Presentations

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

NCBA Bankruptcy Section Council, Member (2017-Present); Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Secretary (2019-2020); Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Board of Directors (2018-Present); MBF Development Committee, Vice-Chair (2018-2019), Member (2018-Present); 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-Present); 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).



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)