Project Overview

J. Michael McBride

President and Founder

President and Founder


Career Overview

After graduating from Emory University and SMU Law School, Michael McBride clerked for the Hon. David O Belew, Jr. (dec’d), U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. Michael then began practicing primarily bankruptcy law, representing debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations, as well as committees, shareholders, officers, directors, and trustees in related complex litigation.

Having been with larger law firms in Dallas and Fort Worth, Michael founded his Martindale Hubbell AV rated firm in 1997 where he continues his focus on complex bankruptcy cases and intricate litigation.

Author and Speaker

Michael is a published author and co-author of books and legal treatises (e.g., Purchase and Sale of Assets in Bankruptcy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Michael is also a nationally recognized speaker having given numerous presentations to a variety of audiences on topics such as Chapter 11 confirmation, foreclosure, and practical-workout considerations for financial institutions.


As one of the founding members of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans Committee, Michael spends significant time providing pro bono legal services to veterans.
For the last 20 years, Michael has volunteered his time to help homeless individuals at the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth (past recipient of the Volunteer Service Award) and currently volunteers at the mission weekly. He also actively volunteers at the Hills Church. He previously volunteered with other non-profit organizations such as Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Recovery Resource Council.

  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, – Juris Doctor, 1983
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia – B.A. in English and Political Science (Double-major), 1980
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable David O. Belew, U.S. District Judge Northern District of Texas (1983)
Bar Membership
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Bar Associations
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Past Vice-Chairman, Speaker Chairman, Tarrant County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Past Chairman, Tarrant County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • American Inns of Court
  • Past Pupilage Group Leader, John C. Ford Inn’s of Court
  • Risk Management Association (Previous Board Member)
  • Past Dean to Consumer Bankruptcy Course
Areas of Concentration
  • Chapter 11 Debtors and Creditors
  • Chapter 7 Debtors, Corporate and Individual
  • Consumer Creditors in Chapters 7 and 13
  • Shareholder Litigation
  • Officer and Director Litigation
  • Preference and Fraudulent Transfer Suits
  • Trustee Representation
  • Plaintiff and Defendant in Adversary Proceedings
  • Equipment Lessors
  • Institutional and Non-institutional Lenders
  • Claims Objections
Speaking Engagements and Published Works
  • Client Interviewing: Dealing with Financially Distressed Clients, Transition to Practice Seminar, Tarrant County Bar Association, May 2015;
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt Consolidation, People’s Law School, April 2015;
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer and Small Business, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, Tarrant County Bar Center, March 2015;
  • Serving Those Who Served, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, Tarrant County Chapter, Tarrant County Bar Association Bulletin, December 2014;
  • Street Answers to Routine Client Problems, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, March 2014;
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer and Small Business, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, Tarrant County Bar Center, March 2014;
  • 2013 Veterans & The Law, CLE Seminar, Tarrant County Bar Association, May 2013;
  • Risk Management Association Bankruptcy Panel Discussion, Moderator, Risk Management Association North Texas Chapter, March 2013;
  • Bankruptcy/Creditor’s Rights, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, May 2011;
  • From Hereford to the Hamptons: Do Post-Confirmation Changes in Lifestyle Require Modifications to Chapter 13 and Individual Chapter 11 Plans?, Dallas Bankruptcy Bar Association Panel Presentation, September 2009;
  • Foreclosures and Deficiencies – How to Collect It, University of Houston Law Center, July 2009;
  • Collecting Debts and Judgments, University of Houston Law Center, September 2008;
  • From Main Street to Metropolis – Managing Your Risk, Texas Chapter of the Risk Management Association 53rd Spring Conference, April 2006;
  • Bankruptcy, Litigation, & Bankruptcy Litigation, Sterling Education Services, Inc., April 2005;
  • A Deal’s A Deal Unless It’s in Bankruptcy Court, Texas Lawyer, November 15, 2004;
  • Advanced Business Litigation – Bankruptcy Preference Litigation, University of Houston Law Center, September 2004;
  • General Insolvency and Bankruptcy Consideration for the Solo or Small Firm Lawyer, Dallas County Solo and Small Firm, May 2004;
  • Basic Bankruptcy – Initial Interview and Pre-Bankruptcy Planning, Sterling Education Services, January 2004;
  • Attorney Independence and Conflicts in Smaller Organizations, Tarrant County In-House Counsel, December 2003;
  • Defending Suits to Recover Preferential Transfers, Tarrant County In-House Counsel, November 2003;
  • Bankruptcy: Practical Aspects for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney (Including Defense of Preference Actions), University of Houston Law Foundation, August 2002;
  • Bankruptcy For The Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners, Texas General Practice and Ethics Institute, State Bar of Texas, January 2001;
  • *Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice, Aspen Law & Business, 1998 Cumulative Supplement;
  • Successful Reorganization of the Small Business, Advising Small Business Owners, University of Houston, September and October, 1997;
  • *Purchase and Sale of Assets in Bankruptcy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., August 1996 and Supplement, August 1997 and August 1998;
  • Legislative Update, 9th Annual Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Course, State Bar of Texas, September 1993;
  • Quick: Tell Me How You Get Paid in Bankruptcy Cases, Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, August 1992;
  • Lender Liability Exposure in Bankruptcy, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas, April 1990;
  • The Single Asset Bankruptcy in the District of Arizona, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, January 1990;
  • Getting Blood From a Turnip: The Basics of Litigating Commercial Claims, Advanced Creditors’ Rights Course, State Bar of Texas, April 1989;
  • Bankruptcy and Partnership Dissolution: Making a Federal Case, 10 Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor 6, October 1988;
  • *Texas Mortgage Foreclosure, Professional Educations Systems, Inc., 1988;
  • *Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice, Supplement (1993), Supplement (1998); John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987;
    • Speaker in several related seminars: Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice Seminar, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987.
  • What Every Banker Must Know About Bankruptcy, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Banking Regulations, September 1987;
  • Miraculous Dreams or Fact: Disclosure Statements in Chapter 11 Reorganizations, Oklahoma Bar Association, Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar December 1986 (updated November 1988); and
  • Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases: What Are We Worth and How Do We Get It?, Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, State Bar of Texas, May 1985.

* Co-Author of published books and supplements