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. He regularly represents consumer lending institutions, such as mortgage lenders, as well as investors and servicers, in connection with the defense of claims by borrowers. Michael also 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.
In the bankruptcy forum, Michael represents 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, which helps him tailor efficient and cost-effective litigation strategies for each client. His significant trial experience also helps identify key issues at the early stages of litigation to effectively position cases that cannot be resolved short of trial.
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.
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Represent mortgagee and loan servicer in adversary proceeding relating to alleged misapplication of post-petition payments
Represent mortgagee in post-foreclosure state court litigation by tenants alleging breaches of warranty of habitability and covenant of quiet enjoyment
Represent commercial lessors and tenants in litigation relating to lease provisions and the impact of governmental COVID-19 orders
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 after bench trial
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
Prosecuted Wage Act claims on behalf of former employee relating to unpaid commissions on long-term service contracts
Defended employer through 10-day Superior Court jury trial against claims brought under the Massachusetts' Wage Act
Dean's List, 2008
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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