Mike Tackeff is an associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group where he represents clients in complex business litigation, criminal prosecutions, bankruptcy matters, and government investigations.
Mike focuses his practice primarily on:
Mike is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono initiatives, including capital defense, post-conviction remedies, and advocacy for Medicaid recipients.
Mike earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Brown University. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. During law school, Mike was a law clerk with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in Nashville, the Southern Environmental Law Center in Nashville, and the Honorable Melvin S. Hoffman, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Before law school, Mike was a paralegal at a boutique litigation firm in Boston.
American Bankruptcy Institute
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Constitution Society
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of a large national healthcare company in its defense of a FCA qui tam involving its wholly-owned Pharmacy Benefit Manager. After extensive negotiation, DOJ declined to intervene in the matter. The relator pursued the case independently, which resulted in a favorable resolution to our client.
Represented Old Time Pottery and OTP Holdings in the restructuring of its debt and lease obligations when the companies filed voluntary Chapter 11 cases in the Middle District of Tennessee in late June 2020 and emerged from bankruptcy with a confirmed plan of reorganization providing for new permanent exit financing and payment in full of allowed claims in November 2020.
The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards — Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year ($10MM to $100MM) (2021)
Tennessee Supreme Court — Attorney for Justice (2021)
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law — Executive Student Writing Editor (2017-2018)
Vanderbilt Moot Court Board — Associate Problem Editor (2017-2018)
Vanderbilt Transfer Students Association — President (2017-2018)
Weldon B. White Prize
Grace Wilson Sims Prize for Excellence in Student Writing in Transnational Law
Masamichi Yamamoto Second-Year Editor Award
Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards — American Legal History, Professional Responsibility
Hartman State and Local Tax Forum Writing Competition Winner (2017)