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Restructuring and Finance Attorney

Bob is a partner and co-chair of the Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team concentrating on commercial and real estate finance, loan restructurings and workouts,  receiverships, bankruptcy sales and acquisitions, Chapter 11 bankruptcy case representations, including serving as counsel for debtor, secured creditor, creditors' committee and other interested parties. Bob also provides federal tax advice in bankruptcy cases and to real estate investors.

Experience

Experience

Represented buyer in bankruptcy 363 sale-purchase of manufacturing company assets in Dallas, Texas.

Bankruptcy counsel to affiliated debtors in 363 bankruptcy sale of farm leases, machinery and equipment for 25,000 acre grain farm operation.

Advised partner in liquidating real estate limited partnership on tax basis issues and related tax planning.

Represented unsecured creditors' committee and liquidating trustee in Chapter 11 hospital case, including negotiating and obtaining confirmation of creditors' committee plan of liquidation.

Expert witness for liquidating trustee in bankruptcy lien avoidance adversary proceeding relating to real estate perfection issues.

Counsel to lender to mixed use nursing home facility and loan sale to facilitate HUD guaranteed refinancing of facility loan.

Counsel to receiver for 90,000 acre grain farming operation.

Corporate and tax counsel to affiliated corporate automotive supplier group.

Counsel to insider senior secured creditor in successful golf course resort Chapter 11 reorganization case.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2018 and 2019

C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award recipient, State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, 2008

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Illinois State Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan: Business Law Section; Real Property Section; Bankruptcy, Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee, past chair; Council of the Real Property Law Section; Land Title Standards Committee, past chair

News & Publications

Presentations

Grand Valley State University: Master of Science in Taxation instructor - Partnership Taxation; Estate Planning; Estate and Gift Taxation

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, instructor - Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganizations; Real Estate and Civil Procedure

Frequent lecturer and continuing legal education instructor - Commercial, Asset-Based and Real Estate Loan Documentation; Leveraged Buyouts, Loan Workouts and Bankruptcy

Publications

Certifications

Certifications

Certified Public Accountant, Michigan, 1974

Education

Detroit College of Law
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 1977

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., 1972
Honors College with high honors, B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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