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Ari M. Charlip

Member and Chair of Servicing Litigation
Ari M. Charlip’s practice focuses on Commercial & Business Litigation and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan workouts, litigation and enforcement actions. As a nationally recognized legal authority in the CMBS industry, Mr. Charlip has handled numerous litigation matters throughout the Midwest for his CMBS clients. His broad background includes assisting financial institutions and real estate related entities in complicated foreclosure matters and lien priority disputes as well as defending financial institutions in TILA, RESPA, and FDCPA claims. Mr. Charlip has considerable experience defending mortgage servicers and corporations in class actions under the TCPA.

With an additional focus on the practice of Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Litigation, Mr. Charlip is skilled at helping clients navigate the complex legal process in Bankruptcy Court and has handled a broad spectrum of sophisticated bankruptcy matters throughout the country.

Mr. Charlip represents large financial institutions, asset managers, mortgage servicers, title insurance underwriters, large corporations, real estate related entities and petroleum suppliers in all aspects of litigation in Michigan, both in state and federal courts. He also has a depth of experience in commercial real estate acquisition, business and finance transactions, loan workouts, leasing and landlord/tenant disputes.

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.A., 1994

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

J.D., 1997

Bar Admission

  • Michigan
  • Ohio


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021

Representative Clients

  • Bank of America
  • C-III Asset Management
  • Corrigan Oil Company
  • Fannie Mae
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • Nationstar Mortgage, LLC
  • Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC
  • Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC
  • Seterus, Inc.
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Truman Capital Advisors
  • Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, N.A.

Prominent Assignments

Represented one of the region’s largest fuel suppliers in all aspects of litigation and corporate matters.

Represents lenders and finance companies for their consumer finance litigation, including regulatory and compliance issues, Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) claims, contested foreclosures and evictions, credit card claims and Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance issues for financial institutions, private mortgage lenders, and servicers.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Member, Michigan Land Title Association
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association


  • In-house Counsel for one of the nation’s leading real estate developers
  • General Counsel for a large fuel supplier
  • Managing Partner of his own firm
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