Michael Y. Mackinnon

Michael Y. MacKinnon practices primarily in the areas of business litigation, commercial law and bankruptcy. Mr. MacKinnon is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and has represented Spanish and Latin American clients in business and commercial litigation, as well as American clients with respect to investments or disputes in Spain and Latin America, and is among a small group of bilingual attorneys trained for mediation and arbitration of cases under NAFTA. Mr. MacKinnon has been involved in many notable San Diego bankruptcy cases, including representing the Official Creditors Committee in the Chapter 9 reorganization of Heffernan Memorial Hospital.

Mr. MacKinnon received an A.B Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with highest distinction in history in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in 1977. In his last year at Southern Methodist University, he was the Citations Editor for the Journal of Air and Commerce and president of the school’s International Law Society. He also received a diploma in tax law from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. MacKinnon was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1978. He is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as being admitted to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of International Trade (formerly the Customs Court), the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. MacKinnon is a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and International Law, Federal and San Diego County Bar Associations. He is a past president of the San Diego County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and is active in the Bankruptcy, Commercial Law and International Law Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association. He is also a member of the San Diego and California Bankruptcy Forums. He has served as lecturer and panelist at bankruptcy, commercial law and private international law seminars and symposiums.

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