Mr. Abelow represents clients in both complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy, including contract claims, business torts, loan restructuring, lender liability, and guaranty disputes.
Prior to coming to the firm, Mike served as a litigator in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he represented clients in complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, and government contract disputes at Heller Ehrman, LLP and Crowell & Moring, LLP in Washington, D.C.
Mike graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2000, where he was a member of the Law Review.
After graduation, Mike was a law clerk for the Honorable E. A. Van Graafeiland of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.
Mr. Abelow’s representative engagements include:
- Lead trial counsel on behalf of plaintiff-lender, obtained summary judgment on liability for borrower’s failure to procure life insurance, and obtained verdict at trial on damages.
- Lead trial counsel on behalf of borrower-guarantors in multi-million dollar lender liability claim.
- Lead trial counsel for defendant in multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary duty claim.
- Lead defense counsel in related cases alleging a multi-million dollar fraud and conspiracy.
- Represented group of textbook publishers that were defrauded by bankruptcy debtor’s illegal operation for altering textbooks.
- Lead counsel for secured creditor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Deposed Plaintiff’s interest rate and feasibility expert and organized defense group’s engagement of interest rate and feasibility expert.
- Obtained summary judgment against multi-million dollar claim for supposed engineering improvements to jointly-owned property.
Mike has taught continuing legal education courses on drafting a commercial law complaint, remedies to obtain control of defendants’ property before a final judgment, and litigation budgeting.
Mike recently completed his tenure as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Justice Center, where he remains a board member. He is on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association, a board member of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and co-chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Nashville Bar Association. Mike is a past recipient of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on the Crabtree case, helping people with disabilities stay in their homes and communities and out of institutions.
- J.D., Washington and Lee University, 2000
- B.A., James Madison University, 1996
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America 2016-2019 (Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy)
- Benchmark Litigation 2013-2018 (“Future Star”)
- Super Lawyers 2013-2018 (Business Litigation) (Tennessee Top 100, 2018) (“Mid-South Rising Star” 2013-2016)
- Nashville Business Journal Best of The Bar 2016, 2018
- Tennessee Bar Association, 2009 Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award