D. Michael Lynn


THE HONORABLE D. MICHAEL LYNN is a pillar of the Texas bankruptcy legal community, having recently retired from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas where he presided for 14 years. Prior to that, he practiced as a bankruptcy attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly 30 years.

Judge Lynn is a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, teaching the Advanced Bankruptcy Course. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor at Texas A&M School of Law. Judge Lynn is the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise. He has also been a contributing author for Collier’s various prestigious bankruptcy publications as well as a former columnist for Bloomberg Law.

Judge Lynn is licensed in Texas, having graduated from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as well as U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar
  • American Law Institute
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court (master)
  • Honorary Sergeants’ Inn of North Texas
  • Visiting Professor of Law Dedman School of Law, SMU


  • B.A. cum laude Lawrence University
  • J.D. Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

Honors & Recognitions

  • 2015 Mentor of the Year Dallas and Tarrant Counties
  • Editor in Chief, Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise
  • Formerly Contributing Author, Collier on Bankruptcy and Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide
  • CoAuthor Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession and The Creditors' Rights Handbook