Michael L. Schuster


Michael L. Schuster is an associate in Ballard Spahr’s Denver office and focuses his practice on bankruptcy, restructuring, creditor’s rights, and business litigation. Michael’s bankruptcy experience includes representation of lenders, landlords, financial institutions, distressed businesses, and trustees in business and consumer cases under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code.

Michael’s extensive litigation experience also includes secured transactions, landlord/tenant disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, insurance coverage, and consumer protection. Michael has participated in numerous bench and jury trials in both federal and state courts. Michael’s Florida state court experience also includes representations in appeals before the Florida District Courts of Appeal in cases involving breach of contract, corporate disclosures, and real estate development, including successfully obtaining a reversal of a trial court order finding a privilege waiver in Prime Group, LLC v. Abbo, 171 So. 3d 234 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)).

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Judge Michael E. Romero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado, 2017-2021

Recognition & Accomplishments

Florida Legal Elite Rising Stars 2015-2016

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Daily Business Review Top Dealmakers of the Year 2016 (Plantation Fashion Mall) and 2011 (Arch Aluminum & Glass)

Speaking Engagements

“Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure: Avoiding Basic Pitfalls for the Federal Lawyer,” Faculty of Federal Advocates, April 14, 2022

"Taking Yes for an Answer: Emerging Issues in Assumption, Rejection and Cure in a Post-Pandemic World," American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, January 27, 2022

"Fall Bankruptcy Case Law Update," Colorado Bar Association, November 9, 2021

"Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy: Line-by-Line Workshop," National Bankruptcy Institute, 2017



University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
Order of the Coif
Order of Barristers

Moot Court President

University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.S., cum laude, 2005)
Florida Blue Key