Michael D. Silberfarb


Michael Silberfarb concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts. He has vast experience advising Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals with respect to all aspects of litigation.

Michael focuses largely on representing clients in the automobile, energy, banking, fashion and real estate industries.

In addition, Michael has litigated numerous matters involving distressed or bankrupt companies. He has acted as lead litigation counsel on several contested matters and adversary proceedings in federal bankruptcy cases. Among other things, Michael has litigated disputes arising out of confirmation hearings, inter-creditor disputes, and matters brought pursuant to sections 363, 1113, and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Related Services


  • Led representation of a major bank with respect to the analysis of the bankruptcy eligibility of complex financial products.
  • A large foreign textile producer, in connection with multi-million dollar avoidance action in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • A major New York real estate developer, in a dispute with his former partner.
  • A major Canadian petroleum company, in connection with various customer disputes.
  • A hedge fund, in its defense against a lawsuit seeking to recover over $100 million damages arising out of the hedge fund’s investment in a fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Acted as one of the lead litigators representing Hostess Brands, Inc. in its 2012 bankruptcy proceedings that led to the sale of Hostess’s assets for nearly $1 billion.
  • Successfully defended, as second chair trial counsel, a hedge fund trader against an $11 million action brought by its former employer in the Southern District of New York.
  • Acted as lead counsel to credit reporting company in Second Circuit appeal.
  • A distressed monoline insurer, in an action to sell a significant portion of its assets over the objection of one its largest creditors.
  • The debtors in numerous contested matters and adversary proceedings in Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy cases.
  • Successfully defended client in arbitration involving potential liability from airplane part manufacturing defects.
  • Spansion Japan, with respect to bankruptcy claims against its parent that resulted in a $100 million payment to Spansion Japan.
  • Four separate debtors, in actions to modify retiree benefits pursuant to section 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Numerous parties, in actions arising out of defaults on ISDA contracts.
  • Metaldyne Corp., with respect to the sale of its assets pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.


2014–2017, “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in Business Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers®


Professional Activities

Michael has an active pro bono practice. In 2012, he helped a Gambian journalist and youth activist secure asylum in the United States after he was threatened for publicly criticizing the Gambian government.

While in law school, Michael was a legal intern in the United States Attorneys’ Office, Criminal Division. In college, he interned in the financial crimes division of the United States Secret Service.



  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA