Michael Lane represents corporate clients, including secured and unsecured creditors, mortgage lenders and servicers, in litigation matters with a focus on commercial, employment and bankruptcy law.
Michael assists corporations in contractual disputes relating to purchase and sale agreements, service contracts, loan agreements and security interests, as well as matters involving shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duties. He represents employers in disputes relating to prevailing wages, independent contractor classification, sales commissions, confidentiality agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants. Michael's practice also involves representing consumer lending institutions, such as mortgage lenders, as well as investors and servicers, in connection with the defense of claims by borrowers.
In the bankruptcy forum, Michael represents corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation. This includes preference and fraudulent transfer actions, claim objections, dischargeability litigation and other adversary proceedings, including actions relating to commercial and consumer loans and mortgage servicing. Beyond adversary proceedings, his bankruptcy experience also includes assisting clients with lease or contract assumption or rejection issues, use of cash collateral, sale of estate assets, relief from stay efforts and confirmation of Chapter 11 plans of reorganization.
Michael is familiar with all stages of the litigation process, including initial demands, alternative dispute resolution, discovery holds and productions, depositions, trial and appellate advocacy, which helps him tailor efficient and cost-effective litigation strategies for each client.
Prior to joining Day Pitney, Michael practiced law at a boutique litigation and bankruptcy firm. He also served as judicial law clerk for the Hon. Joyce London Alexander and then for the Hon. Judith Dein, both of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of assignee of commercial mortgage and lost promissory note, entitling lender to recoup proceeds from foreclosure sale
Obtained judgment in favor of Chapter 11 debtor-developer against purported purchaser's claim for specific performance of contract to purchase condominium unit
Prosecuted Wage Act claims on behalf of former employee relating to unpaid commissions on long-term service contracts
Successfully defended cases on behalf of business owners over alleged violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including through summary judgment
Defended non-dischargeability claims under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a) relating to purported efforts to thwart collection of debt
Defended employer through 10-day Superior Court jury trial against claims brought under the Massachusetts' Wage Act
Advised medical company regarding mediation/settlement of misappropriate of trade secret and Defend Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. § 1839) claims against former employees and foreign corporation and thereafter, renegotiated employment agreements relating to confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-competition
Selected to the list of New England Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2014-2016; Bankruptcy, 2017-2018
Recipient of the Macaronis Civil Litigation Concentration, with Distinction, 2008
Recipient of the Constitutional Law Jurisprudence Award, 2006
Recipient of the Oral Advocacy Award, 2006
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