Mr. Bakst is experienced primarily in various fields of bankruptcy and insolvency, including representing creditors, debtors, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, and debtors, as well as representing litigants within complex bankruptcy matters, commercial litigation, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. He is a panel United States Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Bakst has also served as an Examiner appointed through the offices of the United States Trustee.

An AV Preeminent rated attorney, Mr. Bakst frequently speaks at continuing education seminars for bankruptcy and commercial litigation practitioners, as well continued education seminars for trustees in bankruptcy on a regional level.

Mr. Bakst has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2012, in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida Trial Bar
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions:

  • The Florida Bar


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., University of Miami, 1987


  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Past Director
  • Economic Forum of Palm Beach County
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Southern District of Florida, 2003-2004
  • Standing Local Rules Advisory Committee of the Southern District of Florida, 2003-2004, Appointee Member
  • Standing Local Rules Advisory Committee, Appointee Member
  • Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of West Palm Beach, Chairperson


  • Rated AV® Preeminent ™, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."
  • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2010 - 2012
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012


  • "Compensation of Chapter 7 Trustees in Cases Converted to Chapter 13", Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring 1999
  • "The Fourth Amendment’s Protection Against Unreasonable Search vs. A Bankruptcy Trustee's Duties", Journal of the National Association of BankruptcyTrustees, Summer 2001

Michael R. Bakst, Esq.

One Clearlake Centre
250 South Australian Avenue,
Suite 700,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-838-4523
Fax: 561-514-3423

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