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Michael H. Traison


Michael H. Traison is an attorney working in Restructuring and Insolvency, Commercial Law and International Law. Michael is a widely recognized leader in helping businesses solve their commercial problems and has specialized in all types of commercial matters for over 35 years.

Michael represents clients with business problems from litigation to insolvency as well as creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 reorganizations and in out-of-court workouts. Michael also represents clients with interests throughout the world with a special focus on Israel, Poland, and Eastern Europe. A tireless advocate on behalf of his clients, Michael has appeared before courts throughout the United States, Poland and Israel. To learn more about Michael's work in Poland, click here.

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Board Of Governors)
  • American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Vice-President)
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of YIVO
  • The American Bar Association International Law Section
  • Bar Associations of States of New York, Illinois and Michigan
  • Decalogue Society (Board of Trustees)
  • American Israel Chamber of Commerce (President Emeritus)
  • Canada-U.S. Business Council (Editor of Newsletter)
  • Poland America Chamber of Commerce (Board Member Emeritus)
  • The Arab American Bar Association
  • The Forward Association

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in: Bankruptcy & Workout Law:
  • Commercial: Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections Law (2014 - 2017)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law 2006-
  • present
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor, 2015-present
  • Litigation-Bankruptcy 2015-present
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Presidential Citation, 2013, Board of Directors, 2015-
  • present
  • Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, 2013
  • Polish-American Heritage Award, Polish-American Heritage Council, 2003
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chicago Litigation-Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor, 2007-2014
  • International Humanitarian Award, Jerusalem Peace Award, 2008
  • DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights 2011
  • Martin Sandler Award, America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago, 2012
  • Teraz Polska Friend of Poland and Outstanding Polish American, 2014