1120 Avenue of the Americas
4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
email: mhirschfield@rccblaw.com
office: 212.994.0451
mobile: 917.273.2405
fax: 484.362.2630


J.D., Magna Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1992, Editor, Buffalo Law Review, Member, Moot Court Board

B.A., Outstanding Academic Achievement Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1989


New York
United States' District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States' District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States' District Court for the Western District of New York Second Circuit Court of Appeals

I Empowered ambition when i served as one of the lead attorneys to the trustee for the bernard l. madoff investment securities ponzi scheme where i oversaw more than one thousand litigations.

I was personally involved in negotiating settlements where the Trustee collected more than $8 billion, all of which was paid to the victims of Madoff's crimes.

My Practice Areas Are:

Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Corporate & Business


Representative Matters
Publications & Speaking Engagements

I have worked with: 

  • The Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC Ponzi scheme.

  • The SEC-appointed Receiver in one of Connecticut’s largest securities fraud cases.

  • A Chapter 11 Trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of a large international fraud with parallel proceedings pending in two other countries.

  • As an experienced mediator, parties seeking to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than costly litigation. I was appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to be on the Mediation Panel for indemnification claims asserted by Lehman Brothers.

  • An international bank as secured creditor in a Chapter 11 case pending in Delaware and with respect to a related Chapter 15 case.

  • Debtors, private equity sponsors, official and ad hoc creditors' committees, secured and unsecured lenders, hedge funds, fiduciaries, distressed debt purchasers and others in out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases for clients in the technology, energy, retail, healthcare, food and beverage, media, real estate, telecommunications and other industries.

  • Debtor-in-possession and exit lenders in Chapter 11 cases involving healthcare, manufacturing and other industries.

  • Boards of Directors of companies facing financial distress, advising on their fiduciary duties.

  • Lenders and borrowers in numerous debt financing and securitization transactions.

  • Leading private equity sponsors in connection with LBO, CMBS and other structured finance transactions.

  • Parties in litigation in federal courts in numerous jurisdictions.


  • Helping clients strategize to overcome their own financial difficulties or to protect themselves with respect to other companies who are facing financial pressures.

  • Carefully listening to client needs, concerns and goals to develop an effective and cost-efficient plan that exceeds their expectations.

  • Assisting parties in disputes I mediate to forge common ground to resolve their differences without resort to protracted and costly litigation.


  • I was named to the 2018 and 2019 Best Lawyers® List in the category of Litigation - Bankruptcy.

  • I was listed in Chambers USA as a leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorney from 2010 through 2014.

  • I was selected as a New York "Super Lawyer" from 2011 through the present.

  • I am on the faculty of Lawline, a leading provider of continuing legal education.


  • I learned to ski when I was 40 years old by taking lessons with my then five year old son. Since then, I have spent many hours on the slopes with my wife and son in Colorado, Utah, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. I am currently a member of the Ski Patrol at Ski Butternut in Massachusetts.

  • I serve as pro bono general counsel to, and am a member of, the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CVAC). I am a New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician and am in the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. I currently serve as CVAC’s Secretary and am a member of CVAC’s Board.

  • I serve as Secretary and member of the Board of NYC Medics, the international organization which deploys mobile medical teams to remote disaster zones to provide emergency relief.


  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Member, Turnaround Management Association

  • Member and General Counsel, Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps

  • Member, Finance Advisory Committee of the Chappaqua Central School District

Industries of Focus

  • Technology

  • Telecommunications

  • Healthcare Services & Procedures

  • Energy

  • Investor Relations

  • Venture Capital Funds & Private Equity Firms

  • Family Offices

  • Angel Investors

  • Lenders & Equipment Lessors

  • Hedge Funds

  • Financial Services

  • Hospitality

  • Bars and Restaurants

  • Hotels

  • Retail

  • Transportation


  • In and Out of Court Restructurings

  • Debtor Representations

  • Ad hoc and Offical Creditors' Committees

  • Fiduciary Representations

  • Debt Financing

  • Distressed Debt

  • DIP Financing

  • Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Distressed M&A

  • Corporate Governance

  • Structured Finance and Securitizations