I have been an attorney for over 31 years, specializing in bankruptcy since I graduated from law school. When I first graduated from law school, I was a law clerk for 2 different bankruptcy judges. I then worked for a law firm that represented creditors in bankruptcy cases. I started my own practice in 1998, and now represent people that need to file bankruptcy. I am also a Chapter 7 Federal Bankruptcy Trustee.
Because of the different experiences I have had in the bankruptcy process, I have seen and know how all parts of the Court and process work. That is a unique advantage to those folks I represent in any bankruptcy case. I have represented thousands of folks who have had to file consumer bankruptcy, either in a Chapter 7 case or a Chapter 13. As a Chapter 7 trustee, I have also administered many consumer cases. In each case I have seen how the financial difficulties faced by individuals and families impacts every part of their lives if not handled correctly, or handled without care and professionalism.
I am a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Consumer Bankruptcy Association where I served as President from 1999 to 2007. I was named Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s 2012 Member of the Year. I am certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute in Consumer Bankruptcy, and have lectured on bankruptcy issues to various legal and lay groups, including the ABI, CBA and the Federal Bar Association Western District of Michigan’s Annual Seminar.
I received a Bachelor of Art degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1977 and my J.D. degree from the University of Detroit in 1983. I am a local resident and am active in my church and local community.