Theodore B Sylwestrzak

Theodore B. Sylwestrzak

Member, Banking and Financial Services Practice Group Chair

Education & Credentials


Northern Michigan University

B.S., 1984
  • summa cum laude

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 1987
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Survey Editor, Wayne Law Review 1986-1987

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Banking Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • Bankruptcy Law, 2010-2021
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Banking and Finance Law, 2019
  • DBusiness Magazine
    • "Top Lawyers," Banking & Financial Services Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law

Representative Clients

  • Bank of America, N.A
  • Bank of America Business Capital
  • Chase Business Credit
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Great Lakes Business Credit, LLC
  • The Huntington National Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank. N.A.
  • KeyBank National Association
  • Mercantile Bank
  • MB Business Capital
  • PNC Bank, National Association
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association
  • Wells Fargo Business Credit

Prominent Assignments

Represented Senior Agent in the Contech U.S., LLC bankruptcy proceeding.

Represented Senior Agent in the Blue Water Automotive Systems, Inc. bankruptcy proceeding.

Represented the new DIP Lender in the Mayco Plastics, Inc. bankruptcy proceeding.

Represented Agent for Bank Group in Key Plastics, LLC bankruptcy case.

Represented Senior Agent in F&M Distributors, Inc. bankruptcy case.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Committee on Debtor/Creditor Rights
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth


  • Presenter, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Accommodation Agreements But Were Afraid to Ask," Turnaround Management Association Webinar, October 2020
  • Presenter, “Restarting the Auto Supply Chain: Risks and Challenges,” Turnaround Management Association Webinar, April 2020
  • Co-Author, "Managing Uncertainty Through Financial Crisis Requires Proactive Guidance," Dickinson Wright Client Alert, March 2020
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