Bankruptcy lawyer in Phoenix




Michael A. Jones

I am an attorney with Allen Barnes & Jones PLC where I regularly serve as counsel for secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, franchisors, landlords, leaseholders, trustees, and debtors in loan workouts and in all chapters of bankruptcy proceedings, including trials and appeals.


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Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification

Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™, Martindale-Hubbell®

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-16


Maricopa County Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section Board, Chair

State Bar of Arizona: Bankruptcy Section

Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court: Barrister

Community Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyers Program


Judicial Extern, Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008


“Code Section 523 Nondischargeability and Trial Issues,” Maricopa County Bar Association, May 2016

“Recent Developments in Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Law” (panelist), Maricopa County Bar Association, February 2015

“An Overview of Fraudulent Transfers and Preference Actions,” Bankruptcy Ambush Series, May 2014

“Ethics for the Bankruptcy Practitioner,” State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2013


Representation has included successful Chapter 11 reorganizations of individuals, real estate brokers, farmers, restaurants, and numerous other Arizona businesses

Represented unsecured creditors’ committee in successfully prosecuting claims exceeding $40 million and served as liquidating trustee for unsecured creditors’ trust in bankruptcy of largest grower and distributor of palm trees in the country, resulted in recovery of 50% to unsecured creditors when minimal recovery was anticipated due to secured lenders’ blanket liens

Briefed and argued successful motion for summary judgment avoiding secured creditor’s liens encumbering over $2 million in bankruptcy estate assets

Successfully conducted a trial to confirm a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of an Arizona land developer and defended against an appeal

Prevailed in defending against an appeal of a favorable ruling in a contested bankruptcy matter: Jones v. Mullen (In re Jones), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 488 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Feb. 5, 2014)


Arizona, 2009

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013


J.D., Arizona State University, 2009: Business Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 2008-2009

B.A., Michigan State University, 2006


Walled Lake, Michigan