Adjunct Professor of Law
Interests: Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Commercial Law, Acquisitions
Professor Mikelsis the Chair of Mintz Levin’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Law Practice. With over 35 years of experience in commercial law, workouts, and reorganizations, he maintains a national practice, focusing on insolvency issues, business restructurings, and mediations. He is recognized for his experience on issues related to Chapter 11 reorganizations, and has authored and edited articles and chapters in numerous publications. Rick is a vice president of the American College of Bankruptcy and also serves as the chair of that organization's Education Programs Committee. He has conducted numerous mediations of commercial law disputes and serves as the Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Subcommittee drafting Model Bankruptcy Rules for Mediation. He is also on the faculty of the Bankruptcy Mediation Course conducted by the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John’s University.
Professor Mikels is known for representing significant debtor companies (both in Chapter 11 and in out-of-court workouts) including Filene’s Basement, Inc. and Malden Mills Industries. Some of the recent cases he has been involved with include, New England Compounding Center, Powerwave Technologies, Inc., Manistique Papers, Inc., Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Commpartners, LLC, Sleep HealthCenters LLC, Alpha Omega Jewelers, and The Upper Crust, LLC. In these cases and others he represents various constituencies, including debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, board of directors, insurance companies and acquirers of businesses.
Since 2008 he has been recognized as a "Star Individual" in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business— one of only a few bankruptcy lawyers in the country to receive Chambers' highest ranking. He also has been named in every volume of Naifeh and Smith's "The Best Lawyers in America" since its first publication in 1983. In addition, for 2007–2008, he was chosen by his peers as one of Massachusetts' Top 10 Super Lawyers," and is regularly chosen as a "Top 100 Super Lawyer" for Massachusetts. He is often cited in leading media publications such as Reuters, Dow Jones, and the Boston Globe, and he has also appeared on national television on CNBC. He has been a member of the national board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute and served as director of the New England Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. He also is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations, as well as the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys and the Commercial Law League of America. He has served as the president of the executive committee of the alumni association of BU Law and continues to serve on the executive committee. In 2004, he received Boston University Law School's Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the School of Law. He also served as the co-chair of the Charles P. Normandin Fund, which raised money to support Boston Bar Association insolvency-related pro bono and public service projects. In 2010, Professor Mikels was honored at the American College of Bankruptcy's Tenth Annual First Circuit Reception for his distinguished service as First Circuit Regent, and for his many contributions to the practice of bankruptcy law. In 2013 he was one of the honorees at a pro bono reception held by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.w.