Our Expert Team

  1. Our Team

  2. Michael Cohen


    Chief Executive Officer


    Michael Cohen is an accomplished member of the restructuring community. Prior to co-founding Acumen, Michael practiced bankruptcy and restructuring law for 15 years and was a partner Kirkland & Ellis and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLC. Michael has played a significant role as primary debtor’s counsel in some of the era’s largest and most complicated restructurings, including Tronox, Chemtura, Wellman, Solutia, Cornerstone Propane and NRG Energy, and as conflicts counsel in significant chapter 11 cases, including Residential Capital, Hawker Beechcraft, Patriot Coal, Sbarro and Caribe Media. Michael also served as conflicts counsel to the Creditors’ Committee in Hostess and was counsel to the debtors in Metro Fuel. Michael has advised debtors, creditors and boards of directors in all facets of the corporate restructuring process, both in and out of court. He has prosecuted and defended avoidance actions and has advised clients with respect to protecting, enforcing and preserving their rights as creditors in chapter 11 cases. Michael is a member of the Next Generation Bankruptcy & Reorganization Group of UJA-Federation New York, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. Michael graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a J.D. from the Tulane University School of Law.


  3. Dan Mcelhinney

    Dan McElhinney

    President & Chief Operating Officer


    Dan McElhinney has held a diverse range of executive, operational and legal roles in the restructuring industry over the past 17 years. Notably, before co-founding Acumen, Dan served as Managing Director of Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions, LLC, with executive responsibility for the overall performance and management of day-to-day operations of the claims agent business. Prior to that, Dan was an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he advised debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in complex restructuring cases. Dan played a significant role in Willkie’s representation of Converse, Inc., CoreComm New York, Inc., Maxxim Medical Group, Inc., Classic Communications, Inc. and Episcopal Health Services in their respective chapter 11 cases. Also while at Willkie, Dan represented former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo in his role as mediator in the Johns-Manville Corporation bankruptcy case. Dan was a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gonzalez, Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York, from 1997 through 1999. He is a member of The American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. Dan graduated from Hamilton College and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

  4. Ron Jacobs


    Senior Advisor


    Ron Jacobs is a recognized leader in the restructuring industry, having successfully led companies providing “best-in-class” administrative services and solutions to the restructuring industry for the past 20 years. In 1994, Ron founded Bankruptcy Services, Inc. (BSI), the first large Chapter 11 claims agent. Ron built BSI and its successor, Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions, LLC, to become the recognized market leader in the industry from 1994 through 2003. Before founding BSI, Ron was founder and CEO of Millenium Financial Services and Omni Partnership Services, two financial services companies that together administered approximately 450 privately placed limited partnerships encompassing more than 25,000 limited partners. Prior to founding Millenium, Ron was a First Vice President of Integrated Resources, Inc., a NYSE-listed diversified financial services company. He started his career as an attorney at Brown, Raysman & Millstein. Ron graduated from Union College and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.