Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy 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 across the country. 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 and work hand-in-hand with the best outside consultants, turnaround specialists and advisors to provide 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. DW 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 attorneys have both a thorough mastery of federal and state 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 ranging up to 85 million dollars and involving thousands of transfers. Dickinson Wright has developed a proprietary software program to thoroughly and efficiently analyze and minimize preference exposure.

Some of our areas of expertise within the area of financial services litigation include:  

  • 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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