Michaela Crocker has represented debtors, creditors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, and creditors' committees in complex matters throughout the country. Her experience has focused primarily on complex chapter 11 cases, including pre-negotiated and traditional cases, plan negotiations, asset sales, debtor-in-possession financing, leases and executory contracts, preference and fraudulent transfer matters, and bankruptcy appeals. Michaela has represented clients in the retail, telecommunications, and energy sectors.
Immediately prior to joining Jones Day, Michaela served for six years as the career law clerk to the chief bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Texas, where she had the opportunity to work closely with bankruptcy judges both in and outside of Texas. Prior to that time, Michaela was in private practice where her representations included: more than 100 affiliated debtors in a pre-negotiated chapter 11 case based on a debt-for-equity exchange that was confirmed within 75 days of case filing; the debtors in the liquidation of one of the largest retail furniture chains in the state of Texas; the chapter 11 trustee of a holding company that owed non-debtor operating subsidiaries engaged in telecommunications and media businesses in the United States, Virgin Islands, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and other locations; various exploration and production (E&P) companies in pre-negotiated and traditional chapter 11 reorganizations; and numerous creditors in preference and fraudulent conveyance actions.
- Southern Methodist University (J.D. 2001; Order of the Coif; Top 10% of Class; Articles Editor, SMU Law Review Association); New Mexico State University (B.B.A. in Financial Management 1992; Regent's Scholar; Top 10% of Class)
- Texas; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Career Law Clerk to Chief Judge Barbara J. Houser, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas (2013- 2019)