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Michael J. Lichtenstein
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
F (301) 230-2891
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Michael Lichtenstein is a shareholder in the Litigation and Corporate Department and chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Group, who practices in the areas of workouts, bankruptcy litigation and commercial litigation. His practice includes retention as an expert witness, representation of financial institutions, creditors' committees, creditors, landlords, debtors and equity holders in Chapter 11 proceedings in more than ten states and in commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  Mr. Lichtenstein has represented several telecommunications companies defense contractors, high tech companies and various furniture retail chains in large Chapter 11 proceedings with debts ranging from $25 to $400 million and has represented companies in a variety of industries in the purchase and sale of assets in bankruptcy proceedings.  

Mr. Lichtenstein has represented banks, financial institutions and various creditors in commercial litigation involving contracts, securities, telecommunications, construction, commercial leases and trademarks.  He has litigated in state and federal courts across the country and has argued several times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Prior to joining Shulman Rogers, Mr. Lichtenstein was a litigation and bankruptcy partner at Swidler Berlin, L.P. in Washington, D.C.  He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a recognition of excellence from both his fellow attorneys and the judiciary.


  • Won an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirming the lower court's decision that lending institution client had a first lien priority on the borrower's assets on account of a $3.2 million loan and allowing the bank to collect $1.2 million being held in the court registry.
  • Successfully settled a $6 million suit filed for plaintiff in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland through the use of mediation that resulted in monthly payments to client.
  • Appointed by a Maryland Bankruptcy judge as a mediator in a large Chapter 11 proceeding with a trustee who sued several defendants over significant multi-million dollar disputes about lien priorities and entitlement to sales proceeds.
  • Successfully defeated motion to dismiss lawsuit in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland in suit against insurance company for coverage related to fraudulently issued $1 million letter of credit.




Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Commercial Bankruptcy Presentation, Law School for the Public - Montgomery Community Media TV, January 13, 2016
  • "Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - Viable Exit Strategy or Impermissable", October 28, 2014
  • "Commercial Lease Damages in Bankruptcy Proceedings", Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, February 26, 2014
  • "Exit Strategies in Chapter 11: Asset Sales and Structured Dismissals," The Twelfth Annual Spring Break Weekend, Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association May, 2012
  • MICPEL, Advanced Real Property Institute, October 7, 2009 “Bankruptcy Brush Up:  What to do when a landlord files?”
  • Recent Case Developments in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Cases, The Tenth Annual Spring Break Weekend, Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Chair, Loan Workout, Bankruptcy and Collateral Liquidation in the District of Columbia, Lorman Education Services

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Walter Chandler Inns of Court, Master
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988, J.D., Honors: Member, Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1982, Ph.D., Major:  Criminology
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1980, M.A., Major:  Criminology
  • Brandeis University, 1979, B.A., Honors: Four year starter on varsity soccer team, Division III National Champions; Honors: Member of the Brandeis University Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Israel Defense Force, Former tank officer
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • Governor's Volunteer Service Certificate, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Washington, DC, Washington Post, 2014
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Bankruptcy Lawyers, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Board of Directors, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, 2013 - present
  • SmartCEO Legal Elite, 2013
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy, 2010 - 2014
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Business Litigation 2015 - 2016
  • District of Columbia Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy, 2011 - 2013
  • District of Columbia Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2014 - 2016
  • Washington DC Top Rated Lawyers 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2018, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Chambers and Partners, 2017, Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Maryland