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Michael I. Goldberg


Current Position

Akerman LLP
350 East Olas Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel: 954-468-2444
Fax: 954-463-2224

Class: XXX (2019)Circuit: Eleventh


Boston University School of Law, JD (1990)
New York University Stern Graduate School of Business, MBA (1987)
Boston University, BA (1985)

Professional Career

Partner, Akerman LLP (1997-)


The Florida Bar, Member
Broward County Bar Association, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Families Against Cult Teachings, Legal Advisor
Nova University School of Law, Board of Trustees (2012-2014)
FBI Citizens Academy Graduate (2008)


National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Conference “Administering Mega-Ponzi Scheme Cases in Bankruptcy and Receivership” August 2018 Panelist
The Federal Bar Association “Equity Receiverships” January 17, 2018 Panelist
Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors’ 16th Annual Advanced Restructuring and Plan of Reorganization Conference “EB-5 Lending - A Tale of Two Cities” November 13, 2017 Speaker
National Association of Federal Equity Receivers’ 6th Annual Conference “Fraud Vectors in the Receivership Universe” October 19, 2017 Moderator
2017 San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention “EB-5 Receivership and Representation of Investors in Troubled Projects” July 2017
IIUSA Annual Conference “EB-5 & Securities: Enforcement & Compliance Trends” April 2017 Speaker
15th Annual Advanced Restructuring and Plan of Reorganization Conference “Administrating Ponzi Schemes in Bankruptcy” November 14, 2016 Speaker
University of Miami School of Law "Distressed Real Estate Receiverships – An alternative to Bankruptcy” April 2016 Guest Lecturer
Florida Fiduciary Forum Judges panel (District Court, Bankruptcy Court and State Court) Comparing Receiverships to Bankruptcy March, 2016 Moderator
Palm Beach Bar Association “Ponzi Scheme Liquidations” May 2015 Speaker
The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Business Law Section "Statutory Receiverships" May 2014 Moderator
Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association “Liquidating Ponzi Schemes” October 2012 Speaker
C5l Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference “Miami Vice - Unravelling the $1.2 Billion “Rothstein” Ponzi Scheme” October 2012 Speaker
Florida International University School of Law “Receiverships and Ponzi Schemes” February 2012 Guest Lecturer
Turnaround Management Association “Liquidating Ponzi Schemes” October 2010 Speaker
North American Securities Administrator Association’s (NASAA) 25th Annual Public Policy Conference “Overview of Receivership and Ponzi Schemes” April 2010 Speaker
Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Professional Advisory Committee, Lunch and Learn Program January 2010 Speaker
Turnaround Management Association “Mopping Up After Madoff” 2009 Speaker
Broward County Family Law Bar “Bankruptcy Law Issues for the Family Law Practitioner” December 2005 Speaker
Stetson University College of Law and the Florida Bar “The Ins and Outs of the New Reformed Code-Minefields for the Unwary Special Topics Under Bankruptcy Reform” August 2005 Faculty Speaker
Stetson University College of Law Seminar “Previewing the Bankruptcy Reform Act” August 2005 Faculty Speaker
Turn Around Management Association, Annual South Florida Dinner “Trustees and Receiver’s Responsibility for Preserving Computer Evidence in Bankruptcy and Receiverships” 2005 Speaker
Daily Business Review “Florida to Remain a Haven for Debtors” March 30, 2005 Author
Florida Medical Business “Road Map For Dealing With Your PPM When It Careens Towards Bankruptcy” Author
South Florida Business Journal “Buying Assets from Bankrupt Businesses” May 2002 Author
Daily Business Review “When Bankruptcy Looms: Deciding If Patient Can Be Saved Or Read Last Rites” March 23, 1998 Author
The Florida Bridge The Gap Seminar 1995 and 1996 Speaker


Daily Business Review, “Most Effective Lawyer” Finalist (2017)
The Financial Times, ”Most Innovative Lawyers North America”, Litigation and Disputes (2017)
Daily Business Review, “Distinguished Leader” (2017)
The Best Lawyers in America, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy (2006-2018)
The Best Lawyers in America, Named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2015-2016, 2018)
Chambers USA, Ranked in Band 1 in Florida for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2006-2018)
Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2007-2018)
Daily Business Review, “Lawyer of the Year,” Finalist (2015)
South Florida Legal Guide, Listed for Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights (2004-2015)
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Listed for Bankruptcy & Workout (2005-2011, 2013-2015)
Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyer in Bankruptcy, Winner (2013)
The Best Lawyers in America, Named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Miami (2013)
South Florida Business Journal, “Key Partner Award,” Finalist (2011)
Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed in Florida as a “Top 100 Lawyer” (2010)
BTI, Listed as a Client Service “All-Star” (2007)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Leadership Award (2000)
Paul J. Liacos Scholar
G. Joseph Tauro Scholar