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Business Litigation, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Attorney

Shanna is a member of Varnum’s Litigation and Trial Practice Team and Banking, Finance and Restructuring Practice Team, representing clients in a wide range of litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters. She specializes in bankruptcy-related litigation, which includes defending individuals and businesses in adversary proceedings - such as preference actions, fraudulent conveyance actions and lien priority disputes - brought against them in bankruptcy courts throughout the country.

In addition, Shanna specializes in business litigation, representing businesses and individuals in complex business disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract disputes, supply chain disputes and business torts. She has tried several matters in both state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court, and also has arbitration experience.

Shanna has extensive experience representing diverse creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy, probate, receivership and debt collection matters. In addition, she has defended Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, consumer protection act claims, usury claims and lender liability claims. Her considerable knowledge of the merchant cash advance industry has allowed Shanna to develop a unique specialty representing merchant cash advance companies in litigation, bankruptcy and collection matters. 

For more information, please contact Shanna Kaminski at 313/481-7332 or smkaminski@varnumlaw.com

Experience

Experience

Represented multinational automotive supplier in million-dollar breach of contract and intentional interference action brought in federal court. Assisted with representing the same automotive supplier in similar litigation pending against it in Italy. 

Defended business owner with stores throughout the country in multimillion-dollar breach of contract action brought in federal court. 

Represented small business and small business owner in fraudulent conveyance action brought against them by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee. Defamation counterclaim filed on behalf of small business and small business owner against bankruptcy trustee in same action survived dismissal.

Defended debtor in action filed by United States Trustee in bankruptcy court seeking to deny Chapter 7 discharge. Debtor’s Chapter 7 discharge was not denied. 

Represented debt collection company in federal court action filed against it by a secured creditor alleging conversion of funds obtained pursuant to an execution. Obtained dismissal of action without client facing any liability. 

Represented debt collection company in federal court action filed against it that alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Obtained dismissal of action without client facing any liability.

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

Alternative Finance Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Board of Directors, secretary

Detroit Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), executive vice president

Italian American Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Committee, vice chair

State Bar of Michigan, Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee, co-vice chair

Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Network of Women Committee

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Wayne Region, Board

Community Involvement

Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, Board of Directors

Detroit Area Art Deco Society

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, ambassador

Eastern Michigan University Mock Trial and Moot Court teams, volunteer

Living Arts, volunteer

Michigan Historic Preservation Network

News & Publications

Publications

  • Do Changes in the Bankruptcy Code and the Educational Borrowing Environment Warrant Abandoning the Brunner Test?
    Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, May 2013

Clerkships

  • Grundy County (Illinois) Circuit Court, the Honorable Lance R. Peterson

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law
Valparaiso, Indiana
J.D., 2009

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
B.S., cum laude, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Languages

  • Italian
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