Michael R. Johnson

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Mr. Johnson is the current chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights section. His practice is concentrated in bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations, creditor’s rights and commercial and bankruptcy litigation. His practice includes debtor, committee, trustee and commercial representations under Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, pre-bankruptcy workout negotiations and transaction structuring, representations involving preference, fraudulent transfer and other avoidance actions, representations involving federal and state court receiverships and real and personal property foreclosures, representations involving general commercial litigation matters, and secured transactions litigation and transaction structuring.

Mr. Johnson is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy. He also has been recognized on several occasions by The Best Lawyers in America© in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and in Bankruptcy Litigation, and was recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency, Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation (2015-2016, 2018 and 2020). He maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. Mr. Johnson has also been selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2007-2020) in the categories of Bankruptcy: Business, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business Litigation, and General Litigation, and has been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2010-2019).

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University of Utah, J.D., 1994

  • Order of the Coif
  • Note and Comment Editor, Utah Law Review

Utah State University, B.S., 1990

  • summa cum laude

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Tooele County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona State Bar
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law Leauge of America
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Utah Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Forum

Prior Professional Experience

  • Partner, Snell & Wilmer, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Associate, Brown and Bain, P.A., Phoenix, Arizona
  • Law Clerk, Hon. David K. Winder, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Utah
  • Former Judge Pro Tem, Utah Third District Court

Professional and Civic Activity

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Utah State Bar Character & Fitness Committee
  • Board Member, Stansbury Service Agency
  • Former Director, Heritage West Federal Credit Union, fka Tooele Federal Credit Union
  • Former Member, Tooele City Council
  • Member, Bar Examiners Committee, Utah State Bar

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Utah Supreme Court, 1995
United States District Court, District of Utah, 1995
Supreme Court of Arizona, 1994
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit