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About Us

South Bay Law Firm is owned and managed by Michael D. Good.  Since 1994, Mr. Good has represented a wide variety of corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, individual creditors, and other parties across a broad range of industries. He has extensive experience with numerous complex reorganization and liquidation proceedings under the United States Bankruptcy Code, as well as with out-of-court restructurings and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

After obtaining his J.D. from Pepperdine University in 1994, Mr. Good completed a judicial clerkship for the Hon. Mitchel R. Goldberg in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (Riverside Division).  Mr. Good has lectured and has authored educational materials and articles on various aspects of domestic and international bankruptcy law.  He has published numerous journal articles on insolvency-related topics, and has served as a U.S.-based country correspondent for International Corporate Rescue.  Additionally, he has served since 2016 as an appointed member of the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.  He has served as an adviser to the California State Bar Business Law Section’s Insolvency Law Committee since 2013.  In 2004, Mr. Good was named in the “Rising Stars” edition of Super Lawyers, a publication that ranks California practitioners under age 40 based upon peer voting and an independent analysis of credentials, practice, and market reputation.

Mr. Good is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and minors in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton Business School.

In addition to his ownership and management of South Bay Law Firm, Mr. Good is also a California-licensed real estate broker.

Insolvency Process

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Michael is an excellent business insolvency attorney. We have worked on several matters together over the years.

Jeff Parker
Of Counsel, Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Grayver, LLP

Michael has been instrumental in helping us understand the complexities in third party commercial bankruptcy matters potentially affecting our company and in proposing action steps to help minimize any potential loss to our company. We can always count on Michael to provide timely, cost-effective and business oriented advice.

Rhonda Wolf
General Counsel, United Pacific

Michael was extremely helpful providing practical solutions and advice in a very complex situation. In a contentious bankruptcy case that was fast moving and fluid, Michael helped us develop a strategy that navigated the legal waters, but also kept the economics of the situation in mind for the best possible result.

Brian Breneman
CEO, Altus Brands, LLC

Michael is a skilled, experienced bankruptcy attorney who is particularly effective at representing smaller companies in bankruptcy proceedings in a very cost effective manner.

A.J. Matsuura
CEO, EFM Capital Partners

Mike is a fabulous lawyer. Highly creative. A great value.

Alan Gordee
Partner, Gordee, Nowicki & Blakeney LLP


South Bay Law Firm was founded on two primary principles:

Insolvency – an unfortunate reality in the lifecycles of many businesses and municipalities – is a process that can nevertheless be managed, mitigated, and often reversed or turned to advantage.
The role of counsel in insolvency – as well as that of other professionals – must be to achieve value, either by minimizing loss, maximizing recovery, or realigning capital structure.
Corporate and municipal insolvency is inherently complex. At its core, it is defined by state and federal law and driven by the laws of the market. Insolvency frequently involves multiple parties, each with different and competing agendas. It demands in-depth technical expertise, relentless focus, and strong business acumen. In light of these demands – and of counsel’s pivotal role in meeting them – South Bay Law Firm’s value proposition is simple: to provide clients with the insight, focus, and economic value needed to successfully navigate insolvency’s challenges.