Legal Bankruptcy Protection

Legal Bankruptcy Protection

Michael Alan Siddons, Esquire

Martindale-Hubbell AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. AVVO rated “Superb" 10.0 out of 10.0 "Superb." Over ten years of experience. The primary area of concentration is: Real Estate Law, Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Taxation, and Bankruptcy. Notable types of cases include: sales and acquisitions of premier office buildings, shopping centers, and apartment complexes, joint ventures, partnerships, and limited liability companies, commercial leases for retail, office, and warehouse space, financing of multi-state portfolio transactions, including those involving securitized mortgages and mezzanine debt.

Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Attorney
 

Litigated Mechanics’ Lien Claims, Title and Easement Claims, Landlord-Tenant matters, Mortgage Foreclosure and Construction Defect Litigation. Has successfully conducted over 600 property assessment appeals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including properties subject to preferential assessments. Versed in all facets of collections practice, from dunning through execution on judgments and garnishment. Skilled bankruptcy practitioner. Has represented a wide range of clients, including public government, banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, property management companies, secured and unsecured creditors of all types, lessors and sellers of real-estate, equipment and other personal property, executives and management of companies, parties to all types of executory contracts with debtors, plaintiffs and defendants in 547 preference and similar actions, and other bankruptcy related litigation.

LEGAL EDUCATION:

Master of Laws- Taxation
Villanova University School of Law-August, 2005

Juris Doctor
Widener University School of Law-December, 2001

Bachelor of Arts-American Studies
Pennsylvania State University-May, 1998

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

The Law Office of Michael Alan Siddons, Esquire: Media, Pennsylvania 2013-Present. 
Principal- Area of Concentration: Real Estate Law, Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor's Rights. Extensive commercial litigation experience of complex business and real estate transactions. Notable types of cases include: sales and acquisitions of premier office buildings, shopping centers, and apartment complexes, joint ventures, partnerships, and limited liability companies, commercial leases for retail, office, warehouse space, financing of multi-state portfolio transactions, including those involving securitized mortgages and mezzanine debt.

Bankruptcy Attorney
 

Mike is also Vice President and General Counsel for Shikari Group Ltd. a leading innovator, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of firearms, ammunition, and related products for the hunting, shootings sports, law enforcement, and military markets. Mr. Siddons provides legal advice and assistance to the enterprise, with emphasis on IP management and transaction related activities. He manages intellectual property assets of the organization including development of patent landscape for company's product line. Maintain primary oversight of company's corporate governance and compliance, contracts, product development, distribution and antitrust laws and FCPA and ITAR compliance. Advise company leadership on Real Estate, M&A, company policy generation and implementation, litigation support, dispute resolution, and other business and legal activities. 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Bar Association: Member

Philadelphia Bar Association: Member

CIVIC AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS:

Safari Club International: Delaware Valley Chapter

Board of Directors-President

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Pro Bono Attorney

Knights of Columbus Old Bohemia

Council

Consumer Protection Lawyer

AWARDS:

2009 Recipient of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, “Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Representation Award.”

2013 Top Rated Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Attorneys: Selected by ALM for inclusion in the March 2013 issues of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The National Law Journal as among 2013 Top Rated Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Attorneys.

2013 Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers. Selected by ALM for inclusion in the December 2013 edition of Philadelphia’s Top-Rated Lawyers.

Bankruptcy Lawyer

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES:

Author, “I Just Received a Marcellus Shale Gas Lease Proposal...Now What?” (December 2009) Author, “Home Improvement Contractors Beware”- Margolis Edelstein (January 2010)

Panelist, “Marcellus Shale Workshop” sponsored by Penn State Coop and Advanced GeoServices Corp., Williamsport, PA. (April 2010)

Author, “Is Your Independent Contractor an ‘Employee’?”- Margolis Edelstein (February 2011)

Author, “The Importance of Business Succession Planning”-Margolis Edelstein (April 2011)

Author, “Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law-An Update”- Margolis Edelstein (June 2011)

Panelist, Business Succession Planning, sponsored by Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Creative Financial Group, Delaware County Community College (June 2011)

Author, “Avoiding Preference Litigation in Collection Matters”-Margolis Edelstein (July 2011)

Author, “The Truth on Tax Resolution Companies and IRS Offers-In-Compromise”-Margolis Edelstein (July 2011)

Panelist, “BOOT CAMP: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures”-National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA. (February 2012)

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LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND TRANSACTIONS:

Represented Blockbuster, Inc. with regard to litigation of defaulted commercial leases, (pre-bankruptcy).

Represented U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance in U.S. Federal District Court in replevin matters.

Represented New York State Liquidators Office to execute on $30 Million Dollar Judgment in Pennsylvania against former principles of looted Nassau Insurance Company.

Represent Wentworth Property Management in litigation to compel specific performance of property management agreement.

Represent Chrysler Financial Services against debtor’s declaratory judgment action.

Represent Pennoni, Inc. as collections counsel for over $1 million dollars of defaulted engineering contracts.

Represent Wilkinson Associates, Inc. as collections counsel for over $500,000 dollars of defaulted engineering contracts.

Represent Advanced Geoservices Corp as collections counsel.

Successfully argued over 600 property assessment appeal cases before the assessment appeal boards of Southeastern, Pennsylvania.

Represented disabled homeowner involved in a mortgage foreclosure matter that resulted in a favorable confidential settlement against the FDIC as receiver of Washington Mutual Bank, in a removal action to U.S. Federal Court.

Successfully negotiated several multi-million dollar Marcellus Shale gas leases throughout North-Central Pennsylvania.

Defended Mid-West compounding pharmacy in U.S. District Court of New Jersey breach of pharmaceutical licensing agreement and patent infringement case.

Represents the City of Philadelphia with regard to the collection of the Philadelphia Tax Lien Securitization of 1997.

Legal Education

BAR ADMISSION:

Pennsylvania, U.S. Federal Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Federal Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Federal Court Western District of Pennsylvania;

  • New Jersey, U.S. Federal Court District of New Jersey;
  • Maryland, United States District Court District of Maryland;
  • New York, United States District Court Eastern District of New York
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit.
  • OTHER LICENSES AND CREDENTIALS:
    Pennsylvania Real Estate Sales Agent
Bankruptcy Licenses
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