Michelle G. Hendler is a Partner in the Miami office, where she is a Co-Chair of the Creditors' Rights Practice Group.

In working to resolve disputes in and outside of the courtroom, Michelle focuses her practice on real estate and creditor's rights matters. She represents lenders, real estate investors, and special servicers in commercial foreclosures, loan enforcement actions, guaranty claims, and note sales, and she represents court-appointed receivers.

Michelle also handles a wide variety of commercial matters, including real estate litigation, business disputes, landlord-tenant issues, easements, and domestication and enforcement of out-of-state judgments. She also regularly represents gasoline distributors and oil companies in a variety of matters, including tenant disputes and issues under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

Michelle often speaks about commercial foreclosures, receiverships, and related issues. She authored both foreclosure chapters in the Florida Real Property Litigation, published by the Florida Bar (2018). She also wrote "Creditors Have New Guide for Next Commercial Real Estate Lull," published in the Daily Business Review.

Outside of the office, Michelle dedicates a significant amount of time to community and professional organizations. Michelle is a member of Urban Land Institute; she is the past Chair of the YMCA of South Florida Young Professionals Board; and she serves as the firm's liaison for the Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation's Young Presidents Club. Michelle is also a graduate of Leadership Miami.



  • University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 2007
    • Dean's List
    • Business Law Review, Senior Articles & Comments Editor
  • University of Michigan, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • YMCA of South Florida Young Professionals
    • Past Board Chair
    • Past Events Committee Chair
  • Jewish National Fund, Board of  Trustees
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's 2014-2015 Leadership Miami®
  • Board Member, Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation's Young Presidents Club
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
  • American Bar Association

News & Insights


  • Speaker, Creative Uses for Receivership, 19th Annual Trigild Fall Conference, 2019
  • Speaker, Legal Lightning Round, 18th Annual Trigild Fall Lender Conference, 2018
  • Speaker, Hot Legal Topics in Special Servicing, 17th Annual Trigild Fall Lender Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, Litigation & Defense Lessons Learned, Bank & Financial Institution Special Asset Executive Conference on Workouts, 2016
  • Speaker, DPOs, Deeds-in-Lieu, Foreclosure & Sales to the Borrower: The War Stories, 4th Annual Bank & Financial Institutions Special Asset Forum, 2014


News & Speaking Engagements


  • South Florida Legal Guide
    • "Top Up and Comer," Creditors' Rights, Corporate and Business Litigation, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 
    • "Top Up and Comer," Creditors' Rights, 2017
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, “Up and Comer,” Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy, 2012
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010

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