Michael A. Sweet Joins Fox Rothschild, Bolstering Firm’s Municipal Bankruptcy and Restructuring Capabilities
June 28, 2012
Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Michael A. Sweet, a seasoned litigator with extensive financial restructuring and bankruptcy experience, has joined the firm as partner in the San Francisco office.
Sweet handles bankruptcy and financial restructurings as well as complex litigation matters and election law issues in federal and state court. He has brought multiple jury and bench trials to verdict.
“Michael is a terrific addition to our national bankruptcy team, adding significant strength particularly in the arena of municipal debt restructuring and Chapter 9 filings,” said Keith I. Chrestionson, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “He possesses an impressive depth of experience handling complex litigation in state and federal courts, and his familiarity with advising local governments on potential bankruptcy filings will prove invaluable as we strive to expand these capabilities from coast to coast.”
Sweet represents debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees and trustees in bankruptcy cases throughout the state of California. He has extensive experience litigating preferences, fraudulent conveyances, claims objections and plan confirmation, and he frequently advises clients in financial distress on bankruptcy avoidance. Sweet has spoken and written extensively on bankruptcy topics, particularly regarding government issues, and has advised a number of local governments on potential Chapter 9 bankruptcy filings.
Sweet is also an accomplished litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in commercial and employment disputes, creditors’ rights issues and class actions, including those under California’s Unfair Competition Law. His clients include technology companies, green-tech businesses, financial institutions, hospitality companies and a gourmet food producer.
Additionally, Sweet represents candidates, campaign committees and officeholders, including those involved in recall elections and campaign finance-related law enforcement matters.
Sweet has practiced at various bankruptcy and litigation firms throughout California during his career. Prior to his arrival at Fox, he served as chair of the municipal debt restructuring and bankruptcy practice group Meyers Nave. He is a former judicial extern for the Honorable Lisa Hill Fenning of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
Sweet serves as Chair of The San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and of The California Jewish Political Action Committee. He is Director of The San Francisco Metropolitan Jewish Community Relations Council and past-president of The Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club of San Francisco. Additionally, Sweet is a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco, The Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, The California Bankruptcy Forum, The California Political Attorneys’ Association and The California State Democratic Central Committee.
Sweet earned his J.D. from University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1996 and his B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1991.