Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring


Michael Reining is an Associate in the Firm's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. His practice focuses on providing counsel to commercial landlords and REITs in connection with retail and restaurant bankruptcy cases across the country. Michael represents creditors, including landlords and official committees of unsecured creditors, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. 

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Michael was an associate at an international law firm in New York and in California. He served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Novack, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. During law school, Michael served as an Intern to the Honorable Sidney B. Brooks, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.



In recent years, Michael has worked on the following matters:

Representation of various landlords in Chapter 11 cases including, 24 Hour Fitness, Barneys, Destination Maternity, Forever 21, GNC, Granite City Food & Brewery, Lolli & Pops, Lucky’s Market, Papyrus, Perkins & Marie Callender’s, Pier 1, Sugarfina, The Paper Store, and TooJay’s.

Representation of Chapter 11 trustee for a real estate development company.

Representation of judgment creditor in a dispute involving a real estate parcel in Las Vegas.

Some of the above matters were handled by Michael prior to joining Brown Rudnick:


University of Denver, Sturm College of Law – J.D., 2015, Certificate in Corporate and Commercial Law
Skidmore College – B.A. cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
Co-author, "Are ‘Mothball’ Motions Mothballed, Or Are They The New Normal?" Chambers USA Guide, 2021
Author, “The Indianapolis Downs Approach to Post-Petition Lock-Up Agreements,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 24, No. 3 (June 2015)
Professional Affiliations
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
Awards and Honors
The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2021