Hammer, Michael C.


University of Michigan

B.A., 1985

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

J.D., 1988
  • cum laude

Bar Admission



Michael C. Hammer



Mike’s clients rely on him to provide sound business advice across a broad range of areas, including everything from contract negotiations and commercial disputes to financial restructurings, bankruptcy, distressed acquisitions and sales, and wealth-protection solutions. Mike’s broad experience includes negotiating contracts relating to electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturers, litigating automotive disputes (stop-ship cases, termination claims, and tooling and warranty disputes) and public finance and guarantee disputes, along with representing lenders, creditors, and debtors in educational institution workouts and bankruptcies. He also has expertise in mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, publishing, ship-breaking, gaming, and automotive cases.

Prominent Assignments

Family Christian Stores - Represent 37 consignment vendors in bankruptcy of largest retailer of Christian books and merchandise. 

Wells Fargo - Represented Wells Fargo in $60 million loan workout involving the largest law school in the country.

Automotive Suppliers - Litigated numerous stop ship and contract termination cases.

Wrena LLC - Successfully reorganized automotive supplier in bankruptcy in six months with ownership and management intact.

Visteon Corporation – Special Counsel to Visteon in its bankruptcy case for supplier matters. Lead counsel on 215 preference cases.

Borders Group, Inc. – Special Counsel to Borders in its bankruptcy case for supplier, vendor, and real estate matters.

General Motors Corporation – represented numerous substantial suppliers in GM’s bankruptcy case.

Chrysler LLC v. Plastech Engineered Products – lead counsel in 12 state replevin actions involving $183M in tooling, efforts to resource $200M in business and subsequent lift stay and injunction trial in ensuing bankruptcy.

General Growth Properties – represented Borders in connection with approximately 50 of its retail locations. 

AT&T v. Clover Technologies – defended AT&T in a fraudulent conveyance action involving trustee’s efforts to unwind a large LBO transaction.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. – represent JPM in connection with Karmann USA and its German parent Wilhelm Karmann GmbH in an international workout involving the U.S. company’s collapsed bond financing and the German parent’s insolvency proceeding.

Gail Duncan v. Ford Motor Company – successfully obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar dealer termination case related to one of Ford's largest dealers.

Representative Clients

  • Visteon Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Angstrom Automotive Group LLC

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Dickinson Wright Management Group
  • Member, Dickinson Wright Governing Board
  • Board Member, Bankruptcy Law Section, National Federal Bar Association 
  • Co-Chair, FBA Bankruptcy Section, Eastern District of Michigan 
  • Mediator, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1997-present

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Former Board President, Wellness Networks, Inc.


  • Speaker at ICLE’s 35th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute - When Labor Law and Bankruptcy Intersect/Collective Bargaining Agreements/Retiree and Pension Benefits/Retention and Severance Plans, Detroit, MI, April 30, 2010
  • Speaker at FBA/Employment Law Seminar on current bankruptcy issues, Detroit, MI, May 14, 2009
  • Co-moderator and organizer, FBA/TMA Spring Auto Conference, Detroit, Michigan, March 24, 2009
  • Author, Inside the Minds: The Impact of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Chapter on How Bankruptcy Lawyer Can Navigate the Current Crisis, Aspatore Books, 2009
  • Co-authored Strategies for Secured Creditors in Workouts and Foreclosures (American Law Institute and American Bar Association), 2004