Petz, Scott A.


Kalamazoo College

B.A., 2003
cum laude
  • Major in Economics and Business with Honors
  • Monroe Award of Excellence in Economics and Business
  • Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia - Student Abroad

The John Marshall Law School

J.D., 2007
magna cum laude
  • Order of John Marshall
  • Law Review
  • Associate Editor Recent Decisions, Morrissey Scholars
  • Recipient of the Fred F. Herzog Scholarship
  • Recipient of the Louis L. Biro Scholarship

Bar Admission


Scott A. Petz


Prominent Assignments

Counseled school districts regarding how to respond to illegal strikes under the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act.

Counseled creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Experienced in condemnation litigation.

Experienced in defense of entities in adversary proceeding cases in bankruptcy court involving claims of, including but not limited to, alleged fraudulent transfers and alleged preferential transfers.

Experienced in representing lenders in Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act litigation.

Lead counsel for bank in matter involving statutory and common law claims wherein plaintiffs sought $1 million in damages. Successfully obtained dismissal on motion.

Lead counsel for financial institution, an officer of the financial institution, and a former officer of the financial institution in matter wherein plaintiff sought over $800 million in damages. Successfully obtained dismissal on motion.

Lead defense counsel for a Fortune 500 company in a bench trial, which resulted in the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims and an award of sanctions against plaintiff.

Obtained judgments and negotiated settlements on behalf of corporate clients in collection matters.

Prevailed on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in obtaining relief from stay to recover collateral.

Prevailed on behalf of financial institution in opposing plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction and obtaining summary disposition on plaintiffs' claims.

Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of financial institution in matter involving statutory and common law claims.

Represented large corporation in a multi-million dollar real estate purchase and sale agreement dispute.

Represented a Fortune 500 tier one automotive supplier as a member of an arbitration team in a multi-million dollar dispute.

Represented non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in federal court as member of litigation team that negotiated a favorable settlement consisting of monetary damages and the right to develop property.

Recovered collateral for Fortune 500 company securing loans through negotiated settlements and through judgments obtained in state courts.

Trial counsel for condemning authority in a partial taking matter, which the condemning authority settled for less than ten percent of the amount being sought from it on the fourth day of the jury trial.

Representative Clients

  • Ally Financial, Inc.
  • Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
  • Citizens Bank, N.A.
  • HSBC and Affiliates
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Oakland County Water Resources Commission
  • Road Commission for Oakland County
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Professional Involvement

  • Phi Alpha Delta - Law Fraternity, International
  • American Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association 


  • Adverse Inference: The "Culpable" Element, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 31, No. 1, July 2014, Co-Author
  • Retailer Beware: A Retailer’s Guide to The Michigan Shopping Reform and Modernization Act, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 30, No. 3, February 2014, Co-Author
  • Predictive Coding: The ESI Tool of the Future?, Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association's SideBAR, Winter 2013, Co-Author
  • Predictive Coding: The ESI Tool of the Future?, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 29, No. 1, July 2012, Co-Author
  • “Squatters'’’ Rights in Detroit: A Legal Analysis, Community Legal Resources, Legal Lines, Legal Issues for Nonprofits, 2011, Co-Author
  • The Supremacy Clause and its Effect on a State's Ability to Maintain Control Over the Practice of Law Within its Borders: A Casenote on Surrick v. Killion, The Professional Lawyer, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2006
  • eDiscovery Case Law Update, Race to Excellence, SBM/ALSP Annual Day of Education, May 3, 2013, Presenter  
  • Community Legal Resources’ Vacant Property Education Seminar regarding Squatters, October 6, 2011, Panelist     
  • Current Issues in Electronic Discovery in Michigan and Federal Courts, Dickinson Wright PLLC Commercial Litigation Group, June 2009, Presenter


  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Richard J. Elrod, Circuit Court for Cook County, IL, Fall 2006