Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Litigation

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Since Dickinson Wright chartered the National Bank of Detroit in 1933, we have a long history of deep involvement in financial matters combined with swift and effective client representation in all aspects of finance-related litigation. Today, we are proud to represent top financial institutions across the country, and to be recognized as the “go-to” firm for aggressive and effective bankruptcy expertise, particularly in the automotive industry and in representing lenders. While our practice regularly involves representation of all classes of lenders, borrowers, creditors and debtors, our core strength is in creditor rights, workout and lending litigation and bankruptcy.

Experts in Workout and Lender Litigation

We are proud to represent leading Michigan and national banking associations, venture capital firms and non-traditional lenders in all facets of financial services litigation in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our litigation team understands our clients, their goals and the financial industry. We integrate smoothly with all levels of client personnel in order to achieve maximum results.  Working hand-in-hand with the best outside consultants, turnaround specialists and advisors, we offer an integrated solution for our clients. Our goal is to provide expert advice and upfront planning to help save our clients time, money and risk later on.

Aggressive Pursuit and Defense of Creditor Rights

Our experienced team aggressively pursues and defends creditor rights and remedies across the country for a robust and varied client base. We regularly represent national and regional banking institutions to recover collateral (real, personal, intangible, aviation, etc.), appoint receivers and collect defaulted loan balances and guarantees. On the corporate front, Dickinson Wright represents countless clients, both large and small, across a wide range of industries, from media to automotive to health care. We regularly represent clients in complex contractual balance and remedy disputes, and when necessary, help them find and seize assets and recover judgments. Dickinson Wright also advises and counsels corporate clients and select individuals on available strategic collection options and ways to avoid litigation and bankruptcy.

Dickinson Wright places a premium on meeting our clients’ needs as efficiently as possible -- which means that our lawyers have both a thorough mastery of federal, state and provincial laws governing creditors’ rights and the creativity to navigate those laws to best serve clients’ interests.

National Experience in Bankruptcy Litigation

Dickinson Wright pursues creditors’ rights in bankruptcy courts from coast and coast. With a national presence and experience in handling cross-border insolvencies, whenever (and wherever) bankruptcy is filed, Dickinson Wright is available to provide expert representation to our clients. Our team aggressively prosecutes involuntary petitions, stay relief, dismissal and conversion motions as well as objections to financing, sale, executory contract motions, claims and plan confirmation.

In the ever-present area of preference claims, we have defended claims of up to $85 million and involving thousands of transfers. Dickinson Wright has developed a proprietary software program to thoroughly and efficiently analyze and minimize preference exposure. 

Our expertise within the area of financial services litigation include:


Asset recovery, claim and delivery


Commercial lending disputes

Consumer class actions

Directors and officers liability

Employee litigation

Fiduciary and trust administration

Arbitration enforcement and appeals

Lender liability

Merchant banking

Mortgage foreclosures

Negotiable instruments

Real property litigation

Foreclosure and receiverships

Syndicated lending

Post-sale dispute resolution

FINRA and NYSE arbitration

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