Michael J. Paukert


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About Michael

Michael’s practice focuses on commercial creditor and debtor issues, bankruptcy reorganizations, out-of-court workouts and receiverships. He has 31 years of experience representing borrowers, lenders, guarantors, lessors, lessees, franchisors, farmers and other businesses in a wide variety of matters.

He has represented business as debtors-in possession in complex Chapter 11 cases including Output Technology Corporation, Omak Wood Products, Inc., National Music Service, Inc., and the Catholic Bishop of Spokane (aka The Spokane Catholic Diocese).  He also has significant experience representing lenders in complex Chapter 11 cases including In Re Easterday Ranches LLC, In Re Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities, Co., In Re Health Link, and In Re Jore Corporation. 


Agriculture law including the Wine industry.

Business law including the formation and organization of new businesses, business negotiations, operational matters, and compliance with the many laws and regulations affecting businesses.

Collections and Creditor Rights representing businesses, banks, credit unions, loan servicers, utilities and other commercial creditors in the collection of debts, as well as the protection and enforcement of creditor rights and remedies, including remedies when a debtor has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Landlord-tenant law and issues surrounding the rental of commercial property.

Real estate transactions including a wide variety of legal issues relating to acquiring, financing, developing, managing, constructing, leasing and selling commercial property.

Receiverships serving as a court appointed receiver and representing those who have been appointed as a receiver or those who have claims against the receivership estate.

Creditor Rights

  • Lenders
  • Landlords
  • Trade Vendors
  • Service Providers
  • Collections
  • Judgments
  • Out of Court Workouts
  • Foreclosures
  • Liens
  • Repossessions


  • Business Debtors
  • Creditors
  • Owners
  • Claims litigation
  • Proofs of claim
  • Plan confirmation
  • Negotiations


  • Debtors
  • Creditors
  • Receivers