Richard E. Mikels

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  • Boston University School of Law (JD)
  • Boston University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Rick Mikels is Chair of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice at Mintz Levin.  With an unparalleled reputation and extensive experience in commercial law, workouts, and reorganizations, Rick maintains a national practice, focusing on insolvency issues, business restructurings, and mediations.

Rick is known for representing significant debtor companies (both in Chapter 11 and in out-of-court workouts) including Filene’s Basement, Inc. and Malden Mills Industries. Some of the recent cases Rick has been involved with include RadioShack Corporation, Revolate Holdings LLC, New England Compounding Center, Powerwave Technologies, Inc., Manistique Papers, Inc., Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Commpartners, LLC, Sleep HealthCenters LLC, Alpha Omega Jewelers, and the Upper Crust, LLC. Rick represents various constituencies, including debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, Boards of Directors, insurance companies, hedge funds, claims traders, and acquirers of businesses.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, Rick is recognized for his expertise on issues related to Chapter 11 reorganizations.  He has authored and edited articles and chapters in numerous publications and is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy-related topics. 

Illustrating his stature in the profession, Rick is Chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Bankruptcy and also has served as a National Vice President, a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Programs Committee.  Additionally, Rick served on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute and, in 2012, Rick was Co-chair of the Plan Advisory Committee for the ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.

A skilled mediator, Rick conducts mediations of commercial law disputes and serves on the faculty of the Bankruptcy Mediation Course conducted by ABI and St. John’s University.  Also, Rick co-chairs the ABI’s  Mediation Committee and chaired the ABI Mediation Sub-Committee on Model Rules.

Rick’s reputation for excellence in the bankruptcy and insolvency field is well-noted. He is often cited in leading publications, such as Reuters, Dow Jones, and the Boston Globe, and he has also appeared on national television on CNBC.  Rick has been named to numerous national and international listings of Top Lawyers.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Rick was a Partner leading the Bankruptcy practice at Peabody & Brown (now Nixon Peabody) as well as Riemer & Braunstein.  Rick began his career at the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington D.C.

His commitment to the legal profession is demonstrated by his deep involvement in numerous professional organizations. Rick also dedicates time to academic and civic endeavors having served on several Boards of Directors and Committees.

Among numerous recognitions and awards, Rick was honored at the American College of Bankruptcy’s 10th Annual First Circuit Reception for “his distinguished service as First Circuit Regent, and for his many contributions to the practice of bankruptcy law.”

Rick holds a JD cum laude and BS in Business Administration from Boston University and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and New York.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Star Individual) – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2008 – 2016)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2003 – 2007, 2016)
  • Chambers Global Guide: Bankruptcy and Restructuring (2015 – 2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy (1983 – 2017)
  • Boston Best Lawyers: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • Boston Best Lawyers: Litigation – Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers in any field (2004 – 2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Top 10 Lawyers in any field (2007 – 2008)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2004 – 2015)
  • Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the School of Law, Boston University (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2015 – 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chairman of the Board of Regents, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Co-chair, Educational Committee of the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Past Vice President, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Co-chair, Plan Process Advisory Committee to the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 of the American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chairman, Mediation Sub-Committee on Model Rules of the American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Past national board member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Past director, New England Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
  • Member, Commercial Law League of America
  • Member, Combined Jewish Philanthropies Scholarship Fund Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee of Boston University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Past president, Executive Committee of Boston University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Past chairman, Education Committee of American College of Bankruptcy
  • Past co-chair, Charles P. Normandin Fund
  • Past director, Board of Directors of Jewish Vocational Services