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Position
Associate
Education
  • University of Florida, J.D. (2008)
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. (2005)
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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Position
Associate
Education
  • University of Florida, J.D. (2008)
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. (2005)
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Attorney Name
Michael J. Hooi
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Biography

Since joining SRBP in October 2009, Michael has maintained a diverse practice. He represents parties in bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, contested matters, and out-of-court workouts. He also handles nonbankruptcy cases at all stages of litigation in both federal and state courts. He is especially active in defending borrowers and guarantors in loan enforcement and commercial-collection cases. His litigation experience includes presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. In addition to documenting workouts, Michael’s transactional practice includes forming business entities, negotiating and drafting cross-border supply contracts, and reviewing loan documents for an Asia-based family office that is expanding some of its business operations in the United States. Michael entered private practice with the firm after clerking at the Eleventh Circuit for Judge Charles R. Wilson in the year following graduation from the University of Florida in 2008. At UF Law, Michael was managing editor of the Florida Law Review, a research assistant for the 2007 edition of a widely cited criminal-procedure treatise and a teaching assistant for the law school’s first-year writing courses and the business-law course at the Warrington College of Business. In 2005 he graduated in three years from Vanderbilt University, where he was a philosophy major, an Arts & Science College Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Honors and Distinctions
  • Listed as Florida “Rising Star,” in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice in “Florida Super Lawyers” 2014, 2015
  • Gold Letter Recipient for Exceptional Pro Bono Service, Supreme Court of Florida
  • Recipient, Gertrude Brick Award, Florida Law Review
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
Government Service
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2008–2009)
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Speaking Engagements
  • "Monthly Operating Reports: Are They 'Make Work' or Alternatively, Valuable Tools for Financial Reorganization?" Speaker, Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program (June 3, 2015)
  • Getting Your Bankruptcy Appeal Heard, Panelist, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association CLE (May 12, 2015)
Publications
  • "May a Debtor Coming to the Bankruptcy Table Eat Smorgasbord, or Must the Debtor Eat the Entire Meal?" Cramdown (Spring 2015) (coauthored)
  • Florida Bankruptcy Case Law Update, Florida Bar Business Law Section (Sept. 2013) (coauthored)
  • "Florida’s Offer-of-Judgment Statute is Substantive: Now What?" Lawyer (Summer 2012)
  • "Your Bankruptcy Judge Isn’t Your Chambermaid: An Implicit Practice Pointer from the Eleventh Circuit" Cramdown (Spring 2012)
  • "When Can a Personal Bankruptcy Stay a Foreclosure Sale of Corporate Property?" Cramdown (Winter 2012)
  • "Qualified Immunity: When Is a Loss Ultimately a Win?" 60 Fla. L. Rev. 979 (2008)
  • "Substantive Due Process: Sex Toys After Lawrence" 60 Fla. L. Rev. 507 (2008)
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Representation

Michael has led or been actively involved in the firm’s representation in the following bankruptcy cases:

  • Allpoints Warehousing Equipment, Inc. (chapter 11 debtor’s counsel)
  • Celotex Corporation (creditor representation of colleges and universities with property-damage claims)
  • Estela’s Mexican Restaurant, Inc. (chapter 11 debtor’s counsel)
  • Hopewell Business Center, LLC (chapter 11 debtor's counsel)
  • Fundamental Long Term Care, Inc. (representing wrongful-death claimants holding over $100 million in claims)
  • Sonrise Christian School, Inc. (chapter 11 debtor’s counsel)
  • Without Walls International Church, Inc. (chapter 11 debtor’s counsel)
Mediation
Reported Decisions