Michael A. Shiner

Michael is a shareholder who focuses his practice on cost-effective problem solving across a broad range of practice areas including bankruptcy, litigation, finance and real estate.

Michael has experience in all aspects of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has been involved in bankruptcy cases, large and small, throughout the United States including the bankruptcy cases of:

  • Retailer Forman Enterprises, Inc.
  • Hospital chain AHERF
  • Metals related companies RG Steel, National Steel and LTV Steel Corporation
  • Mass tort bankruptcies of Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, Mid-Valley, Inc., W.R. Grace, Federal Mogul, Flintkote Company, Chemtura Corporation and others

Michael represents major insurers in coverage disputes in both federal and state courts.  Mike also counsels business clients in connection with all aspects of financial and real estate transactions, as well as providing general representation, especially to distressed companies including health care providers such as Aliquippa Community Hospital.

Mike’s reported decisions include:

  • Commonwealth Packaging Company v. PNC Bank, National Association, 280 B.R. 609 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2002)
  • Northern Apparels, Inc. v. PNC Bank, National Association, 271 B.R. 483 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2002)
  • PNC Bank, National Association v. Buzzelli, 246 B.R. 75 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2000)

Areas of Practice:  Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights, Commercial Finance, Litigation and Real Estate.

Honors and Awards: Michael was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in the Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights Law Category. He was selected for inclusion as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine,a distinction granted to only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s lawyers. He was selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyer for Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights.  Mike has a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV Preeminent™. This is the highest level rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell® and represents the highest level of professional excellence as determined by a ranking of his peers.

Memberships and Activities: Michael is a member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association and has been a regular speaker and presenter at the Tri-State Bankruptcy Symposium since 1998. He served as a member of the Attorney Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) Implementation Committee and of the Strategic Planning Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Jurisdictions:  Michael is admitted to practice in all state courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Education and Background: Michael graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law, being honored with selection for the Order of the Coif. At the University of Pittsburgh, he received the Law Alumni Scholarship and served as lead articles editor on the Law Review.  Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh as well.