Michael J. Gartland

Mike Gartland evaluates every aspect of a case with an eye towards obtaining optimal results for his clients. He believes that every detail is vital and deserves his attention, and he never loses sight of the big picture. Mike applies this perspective to every stage of litigation, remaining devoted to his clients’ desired results in a case and keeping them abreast of all developments from beginning to end. This approach has served Mike’s clients well for more than two decades.

He focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation, debtor and creditor rights, including bankruptcy law, and has an active appellate practice. Mike represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of matters across industry lines, including oil and gas, coal, commercial contracts and agreements, and disputes among business owners. His thorough case preparation and tireless attention to details throughout the life of a case helps to achieve optimal results for the clients that he serves.

In 2013, Mike was nominated and became the Newsletter Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Legislation Committee. He has authored or co-authored several articles published by the American Bankruptcy Institute, the leading and largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency.

Outside of the office, Mike likes to spend time with his wife and two children. He is an avid buyer and seller of high-end billiard cues, is the captain of a 9 ball team and one of the top players in the Central Kentucky division of the American Poolplayers Association.

Mike's Accomplishments

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989

  • University of Northern Colorado, B.S., Marketing, 1981

  • Clark University, M.B.A., Finance, 1984

Admissions & Certifications
  • Massachusetts, 1989

  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1990

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1990 Colorado, 1992

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1990

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1992

  • New Hampshire, 1992

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1992

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1990

  • Maine, 1997

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1997

  • Kentucky, 2006

  • U.S. District Court, 2006

  • Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, 2006

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006

Memberships & Activities
  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • Fayette County Bar Association

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Honors & Awards
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. James F. Queenan, Jr. of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, September 1989 - 1990

  • Reported cases include:

  • CPC Livestock, LLC, et al. v. Fifth Third Bank, Inc., et al., No. 1:12-cv-00204-JHM, 2013 WL 1411222 (W.D. Ky. Apr. 8, 2013)

  • Richard, et al. v. Spradlin, Trustee, et al., No. 12-127-ART, 2013 WL 1571059 (E.D. Ky. Apr. 12, 2013)

  • Williams, et al. v. THC Kentucky Coal Venture I LLC, No. 7:11-cv-45-KKC, 2011 WL 6027722 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 5, 2011)

  • Turner, Trustee v. J.P. Bolduc, et al. (In re Crowe Rope Industries, LLC), 307 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Me. 2004)

  • Northeastern Graphic Supply, Inc. v. Net 2 Press, Inc. (In re: Northeastern Graphic Supply, Inc.), 2003 WL 22848944 (Bankr. D. Me. Dec. 2, 2003)

  • Carrier v. JPB Enterprises, Inc., 2001 WL 1646673 (D. Me. Dec. 26, 2001)

  • City of Saco v. Pulsifer, 749 A.2d 153 (Me. 2000)

  • Handy Boat Service, Inc. v. Professional Services, Inc., 711 A.2d 1306 (Me. 1998)

  • Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith v. Bennert, 980 F. Supp. 73 (D. Me. 1997)

  • Northeast Office & Commercial Properties, Inc. v. Smith Valve Corp. (In re Northeast Properties & Commercial Properties, Inc.), 178 B.R. 915 (Bankr. D. Mass. 1995)

  • Big & Tall of America, Inc. v. Den Norske Bank A/S (In re Big & Tall of America, Inc.), 167 B.R. 1 (D. Mass. 1994)

  • Continuing Legal Education Award, Kentucky Bar Association, 2013 and 2014

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2016)

Publications & Presentations
  • Michael J. Gartland and J. Wesley Harned, Overview of H.R. 2533: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Venue, Vol. 9., No. 1, ABI Legislation Committee Newsletter (Feb. 2012)

  • Michael J. Gartland and J. Wesley Harned, Overview of § 3545: The Family Farmer Bankruptcy Tax Clarification Act of 2012, Vol. 9., No. 4, ABI Legislation Committee Newsletter (Dec. 2012)

  • Michael J. Gartland, Excusable Neglect: A Trap for the Unwary, Vol. 10., No. 2, ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Newsletter (May 2013)

  • Michael J. Gartland and J. Wesley Harned, speaker, The "Big Six" Admissibility Questions, National Business Institute (NBI), The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit (Aug. 2014)