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Michael J. Durrschmidt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Houston, TX

Hirsch & Westheimer, PC
1415 Louisiana, Suite 3600
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-220-9165
Fax: 713-223-9319
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business (70%), Business Litigation (20%), Banking (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael J. Durrschmidt is a Texas attorney, board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in business bankruptcy. Practicing primarily in the areas of creditors' rights, bankruptcy and banking, Mr. Durrschmidt represents lenders, suppliers, landlords and lessors in cases related to workouts, debt restructures, state and federal collection and lien priority litigation, real and personal property foreclosures, and repossessions.

A graduate of South Texas College of Law in 1982, Mr. Durrschmidt has distinguished himself in his prosecution and defense of numerous trials involving discharge, dischargeability and exemption issues. He was recognized by H Texas magazine as a "Top Lawyer for the People" and as a "Houston's Top Lawyer." He is admitted to practice in all state courts within Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2nd and 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Courts of Texas. His firm, Hirsh & Westheimer, P.C., is located in Houston.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Banking

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

About Michael J. Durrschmidt

First Admitted: 1982, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.hirschwest.com/attorneys/michael-j-durrschmidt/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presentation of paper at the 3rd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Practice seminar on exemptions, Exemptions-The Debtor's Fresh Start or the Creditor's Recovery, University of Texas School of Law-Continuing Legal Education

Honors/Awards

  • Rated an "AV" Lawyer by Martindale and Hubbell
  • Order of the Lytae
  • Assistant Comments Editor, South Texas Law Journal
  • "Top Lawyer for the People" by H Texas Magazine, February 2008
  • "Houston's Top Lawyer" by H Texas Magazine, June 2008

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Business Bankruptcy by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Since 1990

Representative Clients

  • Sakowitz, Inc. v. Chase Bank International, 110 B.R. 268, Bankr. S.D. Tex. 1989
  • In re Sakowitz, Inc., 949 F.2d 178, 5th Cir. 1991
  • NCNB Texas National Bank v. Jones, 966 F.2d 169, 5th Cir. 1992
  • In re Seton Chase Associates, Inc., 141 B.R. 2, Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 1992
  • Cullen Center Bank & Trust v. Lightfoot, 152 B.R. 141, Bankr. S.D. Tex. 1993
  • Hoffman v. Ramirez (In Re Astroline Comm. Co. Ltd), 161 B.R. 874, Bankr. D. Conn. 1993
  • NCNB Texas National Bank v. Hoak, 91 F.3d 141, 5th Cir. 1996
  • Hoffman v. WHCT Management, Inc., 188 B.R. 98, Bankr. D. Conn. 1995, , aff'd 111 F.3d 123 2nd Cir. 1997, 1997 WL 187334
  • KPMG Peat Marwick v. Texas Commerce Bank, 976 F. Supp. 623, S.D. Tex. 1997
  • In re Superior Oilfield Products, 131 F.3d 140, 5th Cir. 1997
  • Chemoil Inc. v. Pfeifle, 154 Fed.Appx. 432, 2005 WL 3091249, 5th Cir. 2005
  • In re Cherry, 341 B.R. 581, Bankr. S.D. Tex, 2006
  • In re Tile Outlet, Inc., 2006 WL 1716125, S.D. Tex. 2006
  • In re Cherry, 2006 WL 3088212, Bankr. S.D. Tex. October 25, 2006
  • In re Bryan, 364 B.R. 263, Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007
  • In re Rajabali, 365 B.R. 702, Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007
  • In re Blow, 2007 WL 1858697, Bankr. S.D. Tex 2007
  • In re Stanton, 2007 WL 2538431, S.D. Tex. 2007
  • In re Stanton, 2007 WL 776543, Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2007
  • In re Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, 2007 WL 3315029, Bankr., Office of Administrative Hearings, November 5, 2007
  • In re Automotive Professionals, Inc., 370 B.R. 161, Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2007, aff'd in 379 B.R. 746, N.D. Ill. 2007
  • Gecker v. Marathon Financial Ins. Co., Inc., (In re Automotive Professionals, Inc.), 389 B.R. 621, Bkrtcy. N.D. Ill. 2008
  • Automotive Professionals, Inc. v. Marathon Financial Insurance Co., Inc., RPG (In re Automotive Professionals, Inc.), 389 B.R. 630, Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2008
  • Gecker v. Marathon Financial Ins. Co., Inc., 391 B.R. 613, N.D. Ill, 2008
  • Levine v. M & A Custom Home Builder & Developer, LLC, 400 B.R. 200, S.D.Tex., 2008
  • In re Blake, 2008 WL 5043318, Bankr. S.D. Tex., September 22, 2008
  • In re Moye, 2008 WL 5459853, Bkrtcy. S.D.Tex., October 31, 2008
  • In re Blake, 2009 WL 349815, Bkrtcy. S.D.Tex., February 10, 2009
  • In re North Bay General Hosp., Inc., 404 B.R. 429, Bkrtcy. S.D. Tex. 2009
  • In re North Bay General Hosp., Inc., 404 B.R. 443, Bkrtcy. S.D. Tex. 2009
  • In re Harborwalk, LP, 2010 WL 346298, Bkrtcy. S.D.Tex, January 29, 2010
  • In re Kirk Franceschini, 2010 WL 3952870, Bkrtcy. S.D.Tex. October 7, 2010
  • In re Pearland Sunrise Lake Center, L.P., 2010 WL 4272477, Bankr. S.D.Tex., October 19, 2010
  • In re Kirk Franceschini, 2011 WL 1522331, Bkrtcy. S.D.Tex. April 11, 2011
  • In re Franceschini, 2012 WL 113337, Bankr. S.D. Tex. January 12, 2012
  • In re Crown Ranch Development, Ltd., 2012 WL 1072221, Bankr. E.D. Tex. March 29, 2012
  • In re R&K Fabricating, Inc., 2012 WL 2118178, Bankr. S.D. Tex. June 11, 2012

Educational Background

  • American University's School of Public Affairs, B.A. in Political Science and Economics, 1976

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
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Office Location for Michael J. Durrschmidt

1415 Louisiana
Suite 3600
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-220-9165

Fax: 713-223-9319

Last Updated: 7/5/2021

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