Michele J. Meises | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Michele J. Meises

Counsel, New York

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Ms. Meises has over 20 years of experience representing debtors as well as creditors across multiple industries in large and complex chapter 11 cases. She is currently representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of Samson Resources as well as a member of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the chapter 11 cases of SunEdison. Prior to joining White & Case, Ms. Meises was Counsel in the business finance & restructuring group of another major international law firm, where she represented debtors in many of the most high-profile and groundbreaking chapter 11 cases in history, including American Airlines, General Motors, and Lehman Brothers. Additionally, while at her prior firm, Ms. Meises was a teaching assistant for Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, taught by Harvey R. Miller at Columbia University School of Law for 15 years, and was a member of the subcommittee to draft the Local Bankruptcy Rules for the Southern District of New York.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • US District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • JD, Columbia University School of Law
  • Columbia University, Columbia College


  • English



  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law, The Corporate Counsellor's Deskbook 5th ed., 2014, (author)
  • Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code : A Summary, Reorganizing Failing Businesses, 2006, (co-author)
  • Landmark Bankruptcy Decisions of the Second Circuit, The Development of Bankruptcy & Reorganization Law in the Courts of the Second Circuit of the United States, 2006, (co-author)
  • The State of the Unions in Reorganization and Restructuring Cases, 15 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 465, 2007, (co-author)
  • Second Lien Financings and the Enforceability of Waiver Provisions in Bankruptcy, 44 Financier Worldwide 41, Aug. 2006, (co-author)
  • Calpine and the Battle Over Power Contracts, 25 Int'l Fin. L. Rev. 40, June 2006, (co-author)