Michele C. Maman 

Partner – New York
T.+1 212 504 6975
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Michele Maman's practice is concentrated in the area of bankruptcy and financial restructuring. She has represented creditors, debtors, swap counterparties, monoline insurers, shareholders, committees, and other market participants in chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings across a variety of industries.  She was recognized as one of twelve “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2017 and 2020, and in 2021 and 2022 was recognized as a key corporate restructuring lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. She was added to the inaugural Lawdragon “500 Leading Litigators in America” guide and awarded this same recognition again by Lawdragon for 2024. Michele has also been named as a Leading Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer in the 2024 Lawdragon 500.  She was also recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer in Legal Media Group’s 2022 “Women in Business Law” Expert Guides series.

Michele has been involved in numerous noteworthy matters, including: the chapter 11 cases of Bermudian oil shipping company Toisa Limited and 23 of its affiliated vessel-owning companies; Energy Future Holdings and the related intercreditor litigation that went up on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the shareholder/DIP lender in the chapter 11 cases of Avianca Holdings (one of the largest airlines in Latin America), which has been recognized by Latin Lawyer as  “Restructuring Deal of the Year”; the representation of monoline MBIA, the largest secured creditor in the contentious Zohar CLO investment funds chapter 11 cases; the representation of a joint venture acquisition vehicle majority owned by MBIA and Bardin Hill Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition of aircraft manufacturer MD Helicopters, Inc. through a Bankruptcy Code Section 363 asset sale, which matter won The M&A Advisor’s annual “Turnaround Awards” as winner in the “Distressed M&A Deal of the Year”; and the representation of a lender in connection with the defaulted loan secured by the Margaritaville Resort Times Square (Margaritaville).

Michele serves as an appointed member of Cadwalader’s Women’s Sponsorship Pilot program focused on advancing top-performing female attorneys at Cadwalader. Additionally, she serves as a partner mentor and a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Advisory Committee.  Michele has authored numerous client memos and has been published in leading legal periodicals.  She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.

Michele is admitted to practice in New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (inactive), and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Michele graduated, cum laude, from Barnard College of Columbia University, and received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.


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Michele C. Maman 

Practice Areas


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Barnard College of Columbia University
    B.A., cum laude