Michael R. Caruso

Michael R. Caruso is a litigator who focuses his practice on creditors’ rights in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, commercial mortgage foreclosure, business insolvency, and complex disputes involving real estate, equipment leasing, tax liens, and secured transactions. Michael practices in state and federal courts throughout New York and New Jersey and in bankruptcy courts across the country.

As part of the Litigation Group, Michael concentrates his practice on the enforcement of defaulted commercial loans and guarantees, workouts, and restructurings. He prosecutes commercial mortgage foreclosures in New Jersey and New York regularly obtaining pre-judgment remedies such as appointments of receivers and access orders. Michael helps clients sell defaulted loans, acquire distressed real estate, and navigate the bankruptcy process.

As part of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group, Michael represents lenders, sureties, landlords, equipment lessors, healthcare companies, and other creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganization and Chapter 7 liquidation. He is an effective advocate in asset sales, plan negotiation and confirmation, claim allowance and recovery, relief from stay, and adversary proceedings for non-dischargeability.

Upon graduation from law school, Michael clerked for the Hon. Jamie D. Happas, J.S.C. and the Hon. Andrea G. Carter-Latimer, J.S.C., each of the Superior Court of the New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County. While attending Rutgers University School of Law, Michael received the distinction of “Top Ten Petitioner Brief” in the James J. Hunter Advanced Moot Court Competition.



  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden (J.D., 2007)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.A., with honors, 2003)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York