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From hockey teams to high-speed ferries to Article 9 sales of golf courses, submerged submarine contents and other usual property, Mike has represented creditors for 40 years. As an of counsel attorney in the firm's Banking Practice Group and chair of our Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, his work includes structuring new loans, workouts, bankruptcy on behalf of creditors, foreclosures, purchasing and selling distressed businesses, general banking and regulatory matters. Mike performed the bankruptcy work for the purchaser of a Western New York National Hockey League Team, was special counsel to the purchaser of a prominent upstate golf resort, has conducted numerous Article 9 sales of businesses and unique assets, and obtained full payment for Australian lenders while acting as the primary drafter of the District Court settlement of the Canadian American Transportation Systems (CATS) proceeding. 

Prior to joining Underberg & Kessler, Mike was Senior Regional Corporate Deputy for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company throughout Upstate New York. During his tenure, he served as in-house legal counsel for eight years and acted as Chief Credit Officer for two. His responsibilities ranged from handling customer relationships to structuring large multi-bank loans and workouts. 

Mike began his legal practice in 1970 after graduation from law school, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and was a founding partner of Boylan, Brown LLP in 1974. 

Michael J. Beyma

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Albany Law School
J.D. (cum laude)

St. John Fisher College 


New York State

US Bankruptcy Court
Western District of NY

US Court of Appeals for the
 Second District


Mike is a frequent writer and lecturer on banking, commercial, bankruptcy and corporate topics. He is President of the Board of Directors of Country Club Condominiums, and was formerly a founding Board member of the Upstate Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. Mike has successfully acted as Receiver for various opposing professionals, businesses and real estate owners. He was recently appointed a Liquidating Trustee by an American Arbitration Panel and successfully sold several million dollars of real estate before it was foreclosed.


Mike was named to the 2018 - 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Mike is also a 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyer group represents the top 5% of attorneys in Upstate New York who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.