a bankruptcy and creditors' rights and restructuring attorney
and a business and commercial litigator.
Michael provides counsel to businesses and individuals in a broad array of bankruptcy and insolvency matters to debtors, lenders and other secured creditors, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees and other fiduciaries, and buyers of estate assets in complex business and consumer bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 11 reorganization (traditional and Subchapter V reorganization), Chapter 7 liquidation, state court assignments for the benefit of creditors, and out of court workouts, as well as to plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy adversary proceedings and in state and federal court lawsuits involving business disputes and complex litigation.
Michael is an experienced practitioner and a trusted advisor to his clients
having handled a wide variety of bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation matters throughout his career, including business reorganization cases and liquidation cases (including cases involving Ponzi schemes and fraud, merchant cash advances (MCAs), healthcare, and retail), avoidance actions (including pursuing and defending fraudulent transfer and preference claims), and dischargeability actions (including with respect to taxes). Michael also interned while in law school for a Southern District of Florida bankruptcy judge.
Michael draws on his business and accounting background
as a licensed CPA who has worked throughout his career with trustees and forensic accounting firms and from his experience before practicing law interning at a forensic accounting firm, a national tax firm, and an international accounting firm.
Michael is family-oriented,
happily married, and excitedly expecting his first child this September.
Experience, Education, & Admissions
Lessne Law, Attorney at Law and Founder (February 2022 – present)
Edelboim Lieberman Rivah, PLLC, Attorney at Law (February 2022 – August 2022)
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Partner (August 2018 – February 2022)
Broad and Cassel, LLP, Partner (February 2017 – August 2018) (Broad and Cassel combined with Nelson Mullins on August 1, 2018)
GrayRobinson, Shareholder (October 2009 – February 2017)
University of Miami School of Law, JD (2009)
University of Florida, MAcc, Accounting (2006)
University of Florida, BS, Accounting (2006)
Michael is a member of the Florida Bar, the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and Northern District of Florida, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and Northern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.
Michael is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Florida.
Service & Leadership
Board of Directors, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida (2014 – present); Treasurer (2019 – 2020); Secretary (2020 – 2021); Second Vice President (2021 – 2022); First Vice President (2022 – 2023)
Leadership Florida, Connect Class 11 (2020 – 2022)
Board of Directors, Leadership Broward Foundation (2019 – present), Vice President of Engagement (2021 – present)
Host Committee, Delish 2022, Arc Broward (2022)
Board of Directors, Broward Performing Arts Foundation (2018)
Steering Committee, Ghost Light Society (2015 – 2021); Vice-Chair 2019, Chair 2020
Steering Committee, Historic Stranahan House Museum’s Annual “Holiday Hangover” (new–year kickoff event) (2015 – 2019)
Board Member, Deliver the Dream (2015 – 2018)
Committee Member, Turquoise Takeover Task Force for the American Lung Association in Broward County (2017)
Leadership Broward, Class XXX (2017)
Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Class 18 (2011); Vice-Chair (2013 – 2014); Curriculum Chair (2014 – 2015)
University of Miami Rothschild Entrepreneurship Award (2008)
University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting Ed Triplett Leadership Award (2005)
ABI Mid-Level Professional Development Institute, Hot Topics in Subchapter V, American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Level Professional Development Program, panel speaker with Hon. Paul W. Bonapfel (Bankr. N.D. Ga.) and Ryan Richmond, with Alan Rosenberg as moderator (Nov. 9, 2021)
The Intersection of Cannabis and Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida CLE “Brown Bag”, Moderator (April 30, 2019)
Leadership Broward: "Serving Up Leadership", Moderator: Gregory Adam Haile, President, Broward College (February 27, 2019); Gino Santorio, President & CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center (June 6, 2019); Kenneth Stiles, CEO, Stiles (February 9, 2021); Ginger Martin, President and CEO, American National Bank (May 25, 2021)
Pre-Bankruptcy Best Practices in Litigation, Moderator (Nov. 29, 2018)
Fifth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Complaint Seeking Injunction to Prevent Medicare Recoupment Prior to Conclusion of Administrative Appeal based on Violation of Procedural Due Process, Healthcare Essentials, Author (Aug. 6, 2018)
Fifth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Complaint Seeking Injunction to Prevent Medicare Recoupment Prior to Conclusion of Administrative Appeal based on Violation of Procedural Due Process, The Bankruptcy Protector, Author (August 3, 2018)
Notable Recent Supreme Court Cases, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida “Brown Bag", Moderator (June 27, 2018)
Large Overpayment Debts…Is Bankruptcy and Option, Home Care of Florida’s (HCAF) 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Speaker (July 27, 2017)
Common Tax Issues in Bankruptcy, Broward County Bar Association – Bankruptcy Section, Speaker (March 29, 2017)
Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy Law, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida “Brown Bag", Moderator (June 29, 2016)
Tax Issues in Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida “Brown Bag”, Moderator (March 24, 2015)
Michael Lessne Featured in Q&A with DBR's On the Rise Honorees (May 7, 2019)
Fort Lauderdale Partner Michael Lessne Wins the Daily Business Review’s 2019 On the Rise Award (March 18, 2019)
Best Lawyers (2019 – 2023)
Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2022)
Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020 – 2021)
Palm Beach Illustrated, Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021)
Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016 – 2019), Super Lawyer (2022)
Daily Business Review's On the Rise Award (2019)
Finalist for Up & Comers Award for Legal/Law Broward by South Florida Business and Wealth (2018)