Jessica M. Mickelsen

Century City Office
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Jessica M. Mickelsen focuses her practice in commercial litigation and business and insolvency matters. She regularly represents creditors in bankruptcy, including financial institutions, federal receivers of failed banks, business owners and commercial landlords. Jessica also has served as counsel to Chapter 11 trustees and debtors-in-possession. Her work generally involves, but is not limited to: pre-petition litigation in state and federal court; post-petition motions practice; negotiation and litigation of bankruptcy claims; objections to disclosure statements and plans; negotiation of consensual bankruptcy plans and Section 363 sales; working out settlements in bankruptcy; and representing clients in complex litigation throughout all stages of adversary proceedings and in matters on appeal.

Jessica served as a law clerk to the Honorable David Alan Ezra of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii from 2006 to 2007. During that time, she assisted in writing opinions for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when Judge Ezra sat by designation. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 2005 to 2006.

Jessica assists with the management of Katten's California Public Counsel Adoption Program, which provides the necessary legal work to finalize adoptions of children in foster care due to abuse or neglect. She also has represented pro bono clients that Bet Tzedek legal services of Los Angeles has referred to Katten.

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  • JD, American University Washington College of Law, cum laude
  • BA, University of Michigan, class honors, Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
  • US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • State Bar of California
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