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 and related litigation. 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 was also recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer in Legal Media Group’s 2022 “Women in Business Law” Expert Guides series.

Michele led the Cadwalader team in connection with its representation of Kingsland Holdings in the Chapter 11 cases of airline Avianca Holdings, which was recognized by Latin Lawyer as  “Restructuring Deal of the Year” in 2022. Michele also has experience in international insolvency matters, including acting for foreign representatives in proceedings under chapter 15 and section 304 of the Bankruptcy Code, and representing stakeholders in cross-border restructurings. She likewise has experience under Bankruptcy Code chapter 9. 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), and the representation of monoline MBIA, the largest secured creditor in the contentious Zohar CLO investment funds chapter 11 cases.

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 her department’s representative on Cadwalader’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and as a partner member of the firm’s Pro Bono Advisory Committee. Michele has authored numerous client memos and has been published in leading legal periodicals. She has conducted research and drafting for the Advisory Committee on Executory Contracts and Leases for the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, and was a contributing author of Debtor-In-Possession Financing – Funding a Chapter 11 Case, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a member of 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. Michele is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.


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Michele C. Maman 


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


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Barnard College