Michael (Mike) Pinsky Member
Mike Pinsky was first admitted to practice law in 1984 and has practiced almost exclusively in the area of bankruptcy law since 1986. He first practiced in Houston, Texas during the ‘80’s oil patch/real estate depression, and later in Atlanta, Georgia. During his 8 years in Atlanta, Mike first worked for a spinoff from large firm Alston and Bird, and then for a long-established mid-sized bankruptcy boutique law firm. His clients in Texas and Atlanta included banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, real estate developers, individual real estate investors and owners, and Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
Moving back to New York in 1995, Mike entered individual private bankruptcy practice, representing individuals, small businesses, and three of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees who served in the Poughkeepsie Bankruptcy Court. In 1999, Mike filed a successful Chapter 11 reorganization case for the financially strapped Ellenville Community Hospital, and was instrumental in helping to preserve the only local hospital serving the residents of southern Ulster County. He represented the trustee of the Granit Hotel, one of the last great Catskill hotels then left standing. Mike represented the late, great Levon Helm, the iconic drummer for and founder of The Band in a Chapter 11 case. That case successfully reorganized his finances and prevented the foreclosure of the Barn, his Woodstock home, famous for hosting the Midnight Rambles, which Rolling Stone magazine called ‘the best jam session in America’. Mike continued to represent Levon as his personal attorney until his untimely death in 2012.
After the real estate debacle and great recession of recent years, Mike has represented many homeowners struggling to hold onto their homes, including some who were the victims of outright mortgage origination fraud or mortgage servicing fraud. In one case involving a foreclosure rescue scam, he successfully represented a couple whose home equity was stolen from them, settling litigation that resulted in the return of their home, the restoration of most of their equity and greatly improved payment terms for a reduced mortgage balance. In another exceptional case involving outright appraisal fraud and mortgage origination fraud, Mike helped a Sullivan County couple prevent foreclosure and get a very favorable settlement involving the forgiveness of a significant amount of loan principal, and the mortgage company defendant’s payment of 2 years of real estate taxes as well as the clients’ attorney’s fees.
Mike also handles the loss mitigation matters for the firm, and regularly appears in Bankruptcy Court representing Chapter 13 clients seeking to modify their mortgages.
- B.A. cum laude in Urban Studies, College of Charleston, S.C. 1980
- J.D., with honors, University of Texas at Austin, 198
- Member, Texas Law Review, 1982 – 1984
Professional Associations, etc.:
- Admitted to the Bar in New York in 1995
- Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates (“NACA”)
- Member, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (“NACBA”)
- Member, Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association (“HVBBA”)
- New York State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Middletown Bar Association