Lawrence G. McMichael


Dilworth Paxson LLP
1500 Market Street
Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tel: 215-575-7268


Larry has spent his entire legal career with Dilworth and is recognized as one of the region’s most successful commercial trial attorneys. He has a particular specialty in reorganizing companies in Chapter 11 and has been engaged to render fiduciary and board advice by many of the city’s largest not-for profit institution’s including:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • The Please Touch Museum
  • The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • North Philadelphia Health System
  • Carson Valley Children’s Aid
  • The National Museum of American Jewish History

Through his commercial litigation practice, he regularly represents public and private businesses and their owners, officers and directors in negotiations, mediation and litigation. Larry has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts and has served as lead counsel in many high profile cases and appeals.

Larry is one of only a handful of attorneys in the U.S. to be elected as a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Bankruptcy. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, and other organizations. He also has authored papers for presentation at Pennsylvania Bar Institute programs and at the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Larry received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.

  • Representation of the Rigas Family as defendants in over 50 securities cases arising from the collapse of Adelphia Communications, the corresponding bankruptcy case of Adelphia Communications, and in criminal forfeiture proceedings.
  • Representation of Sanjay Kumar, former Chairman, and CEO of Computer Associates in connection with the Computer Associates securities litigation and restitution settlement with the government.
  • Representation of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News as lead Debtors’ counsel in their bankruptcy proceeding, including the successful argument of the credit bidding issue in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Representation of the Philadelphia Orchestra as lead debtor’s counsel in its bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Representation of John and Timothy Rigas in the defense of a federal criminal tax case, including a successful en banc argument of double jeopardy defenses in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Representation of the family of Hassan Nemazee in connection with criminal forfeiture proceedings and of Mr. Nemazee in a successful First Step early release application.
  • Representation of the controlling shareholders of Erie Indemnity Company in policyholder derivative claims.
  • Representation of a senior official of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in connection with a grand jury proceeding and criminal investigation.
  • Representation of Wordsworth Academy as lead debtor’s counsel in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representation of The National Museum of American Jewish History as lead debtor’s counsel in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representation of Chi Fai Wong in a successful compassionate release application.
  • Representation of a major regional law firm as lead defense counsel in fiduciary and professional liability litigation.

Dilworth’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group is one of the largest bankruptcy, debtor, and creditor rights and insolvency practices in the Philadelphia region. Our lawyers regularly represent commercial borrowers and debtors, secured lenders, unsecured trade creditors, and Chapter 7 and 11 trustees in a wide variety of industries and cases. Our representation of these diverse, and philosophically adverse parties, provides our lawyers with the unique ability to appreciate, understand, and quickly analyze the key issues faced by each of these parties.

Our bankruptcy & insolvency attorneys focus on Chapter 11 cases and state-court insolvency proceedings and maintain a litigation-oriented practice, as well as lawyers that focus their transactional skills on out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings. Our lawyers have represented clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings across the nation and proactively address and defend our clients with an eye to a prompt, favorable, and cost-effective resolutions.

The cumulative experience of the members of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group has proven invaluable in recognized industry groups ranging from chemicals, coal, commercial real estate development, health care, and hospitality to publishing, retail, telecommunications, and technology.

Founded in 1933, Dilworth Paxson conducts a broad and diverse regional law practice representing a wide variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely-held businesses, non-profit organizations to governmental entities, and individuals.

With offices located in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, Dilworth Paxson has strategically positioned itself to efficiently respond to the needs of its clients and their business interests.

Embracing the power of information technology to enhance the ability to deliver the highest quality work product created in the most efficient and expeditious way possible, the Firm strives to bring its state-of-the-art systems to bear on every aspect of its operations and client matters.

Whether it is a new matter or one we have handled many times before, Dilworth attorneys focus first on their clients, their needs, and the success of their business enterprises. That devotion is evidenced in the lengthy client relationships which we have developed over the decades. In Dilworth attorneys and staff, clients will always find an advocate.

“He maintains a prominent bankruptcy practice that frequently sees him handle high-value proceedings.”
Chambers & Partners