Michelle Manzoian

Associate

Cleveland
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Michelle Manzoian focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors' rights litigation. Having earned an accounting degree, she is able to apply her understanding of financial reporting to effectively analyze the facts of each case.

Select Experience

  • Representing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its receivership capacity in litigation against FBOP Corp., a failed bank holding company, over ownership of $275 million in tax refunds. Member of the team that successfully settled similar litigation between the FDIC-R and AmTrust Financial for more than $170 million. The cases entail a complex intersection of contract and trust law, regulatory issues, and accounting.
  • Representing secured creditors in all stages of commercial foreclosures, from prefiling diligence to disposition of collateral. Strategizing on cost-effective recovery options, and initiating appointment of receivers and pursuing receiver sales when appropriate. Efficiently handling borrower and third-party objections, including obtaining dismissals of bankruptcy cases filed to frustrate pending recovery efforts.
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Experience

  • Representing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its receivership capacity in litigation against FBOP Corp., a failed bank holding company, over ownership of $275 million in tax refunds. Member of the team that successfully settled similar litigation between the FDIC-R and AmTrust Financial for more than $170 million. The cases entail a complex intersection of contract and trust law, regulatory issues, and accounting.
  • Representing secured creditors in all stages of commercial foreclosures, from prefiling diligence to disposition of collateral. Strategizing on cost-effective recovery options, and initiating appointment of receivers and pursuing receiver sales when appropriate. Efficiently handling borrower and third-party objections, including obtaining dismissals of bankruptcy cases filed to frustrate pending recovery efforts.
  • Contributed over a three-year period to a team litigating a fraudulent transfer action against a New York investment bank, which settled for $35 million. Assisted with evidentiary development, in-depth avoidance action research, dispositive motion briefing, and fact and expert witness depositions. The lawsuit was part of the firm's representation of the Chapter 7 Trustee to Fair Finance Company, working to recover money for Ohio investors defrauded in a $200 million Ponzi scheme.
  • Investigated facts and drafted complaints against two of Fair Finance's former accounting firms, which resulted in settlements benefiting the bankruptcy estate.

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2017)

Memberships

  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Notre Dame Club of Cleveland

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2010, magna cum laude
  • B.S.B.A., Accounting, John Carroll University, 2007, magna cum laude