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Michael F. Thomson focuses his practice on navigating complex bankruptcy and receivership proceedings, workouts, and related litigation. Mike represents creditors, distressed companies, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, and court-appointed receivers in virtually all aspects of the workout, restructuring, and liquidation process, including litigation and appeals.


  • Creditors’ rights
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy litigation and appeals
  • Federal court equity receiverships
  • Ponzi scheme and fraud matters
  • Commercial litigation



  • Lead counsel for large Nasdaq-listed and international health/nutritional products company and affiliates as debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Appointed as Chapter 11 Trustee in business debtor case involving $100 million of investor claims, operating and selling eight event centers and a water park in Utah, California, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona.
  • Lead counsel for federal equity receiver in SEC civil enforcement action concerning alleged Ponzi scheme involving over 100,000 investors and claims exceeding $100 million.
  • Represented secured lenders in numerous workout and bankruptcy matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars.°
  • Counsel for senior secured lender in Chapter 11 casino case.°
  • Counsel for national clothing retailer as debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.°
  • Counsel for Chapter 7 trustee in a multi-million dollar Ponzi case and managed all related lawsuits.°
  • Counsel for 10 different Chapter 7 trustees in numerous bankruptcy cases in Utah and Nevada.°
  • Administered thousands of bankruptcy cases as a Chapter 7 Trustee.
  • In re Kiley, 595 B.R. 595 (Bankr. D. Utah 2018).°
  • In re Naartjie Custom Kids, Inc., 534 B.R. 416 (Bankr. D. Utah 2015).°
  • In re Reinhart, 267 P.3d 895 (Utah 2011).°
  • Gillman v. Ford (In re Ford), 492 F.3d 1148 (10th Cir. 2007).°
  • In re Flamingo 55, Inc., 378 B.R. 893 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2007).°
  • Miller v. Miller (In re Miller), 302 B.R. 705 (10th Cir. BAP 2003).°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Thomson prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2011-2021, 2023-2024
  • Listed, Utah Business Magazine, “Legal Elite,” Bankruptcy/Workout, 2017-2020 and 2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2008-2023
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 4.5 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter, January 2023-Present
  • Board Member, Turnaround Management Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2017-Present
  • Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2002-Present
    • Past Member, Voting Council
  • Member, Utah State Bar
    • Member, Character & Fitness Committee, 2015-Present
    • Subject Matter Expert, Debt Collection, Licensed Paralegal Practitioner program, 2019-Present
    • Volunteer, Pro Bono Program, Landlord/Tenant Pro Se Calendars, 2018-2022


  • J.D., University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2000
    • Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1997
  • Utah
  • Nevada
  • Wyoming
  • Italian, Conversational