Michael L. Martinez


Michael L. Martinez

Direct Dial: (704) 332-0209

Email: mmartinez@grierlaw.com

Born in Belleville, NJ, June 25, 1984; admitted to bar, 2009, North Carolina and U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2009).


University of Florida (B.A. in Political Science and English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies, Cum Laude 2006); University of North Carolina (J.D., 2009); Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review (2007-2008); Symposium Editor, North Carolina Law Review (2008-2009).

Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy, Debtor/Creditor and Business Workouts
Corporate & Business Law


Mecklenburg County Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy Law Section); American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section); North Carolina State Bar; American Bankruptcy Institute.

Reported Cases

Grier v. Gallagher, 2014 WL 4682083 (W.D.N.C. Sep. 19, 2014); Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina v. Jemsek Clinic, P.A., 506 B.R. 694 (W.D.N.C. Mar. 11, 2014); In re Nolan, 2013 WL 3153849 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. June 19, 2013); Mauney v. Cricket/Bojangles Coliseum, 2012 WL 5985497 (W.D.N.C. Oct 3, 2012); Bowers v. Hemphill (In re Nolan), 2012 WL 4738841 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. Oct 3, 2012); In re Nolan, 2012 WL 2564894 (Bankr. W.D.N.C. Jul 2, 2012).

Publications and Presentations

Co-Managing Editor, North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual, Eighth Edition (2017)
“The Ebb of Rising-Tide Distributions in Ponzi Scheme Bankruptcies” [XXXV ABI Journal 6, 16, 69-70, June 2016]
“What’s New in Chapter 11 Practice?” [2014 Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar]

Community Involvement

Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member (2016-Present); Mecklenburg County Bar Bar Leadership Institute Committee, Member (2015-Present); N.C. Bar Association YLD Pro Bono and Poverty Issues Committee, Member (2015-Present); N.C. Bar Association YLD Project Grace Committee, Member (2015-Present); Western North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar Planning Committee, Chair (2014-2015), Vice-Chair (2013-2014), Member (2012-2015); Mecklenburg County Bar Communications Committee, Chair (2014-2015), Vice-Chair (2013-2014), Member (2012-2015); N.C. Bar Association / Legal Aid of North Carolina Lawyer on the Line Program Volunteer (2012 -Present); Mecklenburg County Bar Linking Lawyers Mentorship Program Volunteer (2015); Mecklenburg County Bar Lunch with a Lawyer Mentorship Program Volunteer (2010-2011); N.C. Bar Association YLD Wills for Heroes Program Volunteer (2010-2011); Stowe Creek Homeowners Association Adjudicatory Committee, Chair (2011, 2015-Present), Member (2010-2011, 2015-Present).

Honors and Awards

2015 Next Generation Program, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges;
Mecklenburg County Bar, Bar Leadership Institute, Graduate Class of 2014;
2013 Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award