MID-SOUTH COMMERCIAL LAW INSTITUTE FACULTY
MICHAEL COLLINS is a member of the firm of Manier & Herod, P.C. in Nashville, Tennessee, where his practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, and surety law. Mr. Collins' career includes experience in almost all aspects of chapter 11 practice. He has served as an Assistant U.S. Trustee in the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing the administration of hundreds of bankruptcy cases and investigating fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system. He was a financial consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in its Business Recovery Services group, where he provided financial and operational consulting services to a variety of distressed companies both in and out of chapter 11 proceedings. Since joining Manier & Herod in 2003, Mr. Collins has served as chapter 11 operating trustee of numerous companies in an array of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, automobile, restaurant, and non-profit. Mr. Collins represents major surety companies in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States and has been involved in many of the major coal and energy company cases, including Horizon Natural Resources, James River Coal, Patriot Coal, Walter Energy, Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources, Peabody, SunEdison and Abengoa, S.A. Mr. Collins received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was Article Editor for the Cumberland Law Review. He received his M.B.A. with honors from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and received the Kroll Zolfo Cooper/Randy Waits Award for having obtained the third highest score on the AIRA's national certification exam. He is a Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification. He is a past Chairman of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, past President of the MidSouth Commercial Law Institute, and member of the Turnaround Management Association. Mr. Collins is active in the Nashville community as a long-time board member and past President of the Sertoma Club of Nashville. Mr. Collins is also part-owner and CFO of Speakeasy Spirits, LLC, which produces Pickers Vodka, Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream, and Pennington's Strawberry Rye and which will be releasing an aged Tennessee Whiskey in 2018.