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Michael J. O'Connor - Albany, NY

20 Corporate Woods Boulevard4th Floor Albany, NY 12211

Updated: 04/19/2023

Albany Bankruptcy Liquidations and Reorganizations Lawyer


Michael is a board certified commercial and consumer bankruptcy specialist (American Bankruptcy Board of Certification). He is admitted to the New York State Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. His concentration of practice is in the representation of debtors and trustees in bankruptcy liquidations and reorganizations...

About Michael J. O'Connor

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Liquidations and Reorganizations

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Commercial and Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification

Other Affiliations

  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1996 - 1997 (President)
  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1992 - 1997 (Director)
  • American Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, 1985 - 2005 (Member)
  • New York State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee, 1992 - 2000 (Member)
  • Northern District of New York, Bankruptcy - Merit Selection Committee, - 1995 (Chairman)
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 1992 - Present
  • National Association of Chapter 7 Trustees
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, 1992 - 2014 (Associate Member)
  • AARP Attorney Reference Program
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York, 1986 - Present (Appointed Panel Trustee)
  • Northern District of New York Local Rules Revision Committee, 1993, 1998, 2000 (Member)
  • Northern District of New York, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, - 1994 (Chairman)
  • Third Judicial District of New York, Appointed Member of Committee on Character and Fitness, 2009 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Designation, 2014 - 2015
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (Member)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Associate Member)


  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1976
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1978
  • Siena College, Loudonville, New York, 1973
    Minor: Accounting & Finance

Past Positions

  • Lee & Leforestier, Partner, 1978 - 1991
  • Carter, Conboy, Case & Blackmore, Of Counsel, 1991 - 1993

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Seminars, Atlanta Georgia
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Seminars, New York State Bar Association
  • Speaker, Annual Conference, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Speaker, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Seminars
  • Speaker, Annual Conference, New York State Credit Union Association, 1987 - 1992
  • Adjunct Faculty, Business Law, College of St. Rose, 1978 - 1991
  • Speaker, Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminars
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Issues, New York Credit Union League
  • Speaker, Join Vermont and Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Bar CLE Programs

Ancillary Businesses

  • Chapter 7 Trustee Northern District of New York Appointed 1986



  • Super Lawyers 2015 - Present - Upstate New York Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyers 2014 - Top 25 Hudson Valley
  • Super Lawyers - Upstate New York, 2008 - Present
  • President's Award, New York State Bar Association-Pro Bono Services, 1989, 1993 and 2007
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating, 2002 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1996 - Present
  • Distinguished Service Award-Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, - 1989
  • Rensselaer County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, - 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award, - 1976
  • Distinguished Counsel Award from the United State District Court for the Northern District of New York and Federal Bar Association - Pro Bono Services, - 2007
  • NYSBA - Empire Counsel, 2012 - Present
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2019, Consumer Bankruptcy

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Office Information


20 Corporate Woods Boulevard4th Floor Albany, NY 12211


  • 518-465-0015



  • Contributing Editor, West Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, 2003 - Present

Representative Cases

  • GMAC v. Valenti, 105 F.3d 55 (2nd Circ. 1997)

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