Michael E. DiRienzo

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501 Main Street, Suite 305
P.O. Box 3646
Evansville, IN 47735-3646
T: (812) 423-3183
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Michael’s Assistant

Rita Thews
T: (812) 423-3183

BV Distinguished 2013 Michael E. DiRienzo

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Michael has more than 10 years of experience assisting clients in the areas of bankruptcy, collection and creditors’ rights law, and complex commercial litigation involving business, environmental, construction, and real estate disputes and condemnation proceedings in state and federal courts in Indiana and Illinois. Michael uses his litigation experience to give his clients special perspective and advice on legal strategies regarding complex commercial transactions involving acquisitions, distributorships, commercial leases and protection of confidential information. Michael helps our clients effectively resolve disputes and continue to build their businesses.


Collections and Creditors’ Rights

Successfully collected millions of dollars in unpaid invoices for healthcare providers, automobile dealers, commercial and residential landlords, construction companies and other small business clients.

Achieved successful settlements of preference claims brought by trustees and debtors-in-possession in federal bankruptcy courts in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, helping our clients keep more of the money paid to them by customers.

Assisted secured lenders in replevin and foreclosure litigation involving vehicles, inventory, equipment, real estate and other assets.


Represents local prosecutors in achieving successful forfeiture of money, vehicles and other assets seized from criminal defendants for drug-related offenses.

Environmental Cost Recovery

Provided creative defense and settlement solutions to allow clients to minimize exposure to costly damages in CERCLA and ELA actions.

Environmental Litigation

Assisted clients in recovering funding to accomplish environmental remediation through litigation against historic sources of contamination of residential and commercial real estate.

Business and Professional Affiliations

  • Evansville Bar Association: Board of Directors (2009-2011), CLE Committee (2001-present), Commercial Law Section (2001-present, past co-chair), Real Estate Section (2001-present, past chair)
  • Indiana State Bar Association: Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Brooks American Inn of Court
  • International Association for Asset Recovery
  • Illinois Oil & Gas Association (IOGA)

Community/Civic Affiliations

  • St. Vincent Center for Children and Families: Board of Directors
  • Youth Resources Teen Court: Volunteer Attorney, Judge
  • Student Financial Aid Association: Treasurer
  • Leadership Evansville: Program Alumnus
  • United Neighborhoods of Evansville


  • Selected, Rising Star, Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine, 2011 and 2012
  • Rated, BV® Distinguished™, Martindale-Hubbell®

Seminars, Presentations and Publications

  • “U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Government in Rails-to-Trails Case,” Article Published on www.KDDK.com/blog/ (March 2014)
  • “Avoiding the Environmental Nightmare: Environmental Due Diligence and New Phase I,” Evansville Bar Association Seminar Presenter (December 2013)
  • “EPA’s Regulatory Vise Grip: Protecting Your Business from Aggressive Enforcement Actions” KDDK Seminar Presenter (August 2013)
  • Importance of Limited Release in Environmental Coverage Dispute,” Article Published on www.KDDK.com/blog/ (June 2013)
  • Indiana Tax Sale Notice Statute Ruled Unconstitutional,” Article Published on www.KDDK.com/blog/(July 2012)
  • “Small Claims and Enforcement of Collection Judgments,” Evansville Bar Association Seminar Presenter (March 2008)
  • “Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law,” Sterling Education Services Seminar Presenter (November 2008)
  • “Environmental Legal Update,” Evansville Chamber of Commerce Seminar Presenter (September 2005)
  • “New Rules for Preventing Identity Theft Impose Obligations on Businesses,” Published Article
  • “Bankruptcy Preference Claims: Getting Paid May Not be End of the Story,” Published Article
  • “Indiana Statute Curbs Eminent Domain Abuse,” Published Article
  • “Bankruptcy: Creditors’ Rights Improved,” Published Article

Practice Teams


  • Construction
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Municipalities and Government


  • Franciscan University of Steubenville (B.A. 1997)
  • Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois