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Business, Agriculture, Creditors' Rights, Credit Union, Banking and Finance Attorney

Steve is a trusted business lawyer, advisor and strategist who provides counsel and advice to individuals and companies on business and operational issues and serves as outside general counsel to a variety of businesses and organizations with an emphasis in credit union, financial services, agriculture and business representations. He routinely represents credit unions, agri-finance/farm credit institutions, banks, finance companies, health care organizations, businesses, and receivers in commercial disputes, breach of contract actions, note defaults, UCC disputes, claim and delivery/replevin actions, loan documentation and workouts, regulatory issues and contract negotiation. Steve, a board certified creditors' rights attorney, also serves as national creditors' rights counsel to small and large companies doing business throughout the United States and abroad.

Steve’s litigation practice is focused primarily on creditors' rights and business litigation including federal and state receiverships, fraud litigation, loan workouts, collections and foreclosures, commercial litigation, health care and consumer protection litigation. Steve also has extensive experience in asset tracing and recovery, judgment enforcement and judicial liquidations.

Experience

Experience

Serves as outside general counsel to credit union clients in a variety of representations including mergers, contract review and negotiation, contract disputes, regulatory actions and approvals, due diligence, CUSO creation and development, operational matters, strategic planning, field of membership expansion, litigation, claim and delivery, foreclosure and collection.

Represents credit unions of all sizes in connection with mergers including the lead representation of a multibillion dollar in assets credit union during the merger due diligence process.

Represents credit unions in a statewide field of membership expansion.

Represents international furniture maker in the design, implementation and maintenance of credit procedures and training which resulted in reducing millions in bad debt write offs to virtually zero for five consecutive years and counting.

Represents one of the country’s largest lenders in the agricultural industry in multimillion dollar credit facilities, as well as general representation in a variety of matters including litigation and regulatory matters.

Serves as regional legal counsel to one of the country’s largest farm equipment financing companies in connection with loan defaults and workouts.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Business Review West Michigan, Business Leader Under 40

Grand Rapids Business Journal©, 40 Under Forty Business Leader

Leading Lawyers: Banking & Financial Institutions Law; Commercial Litigation; Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney (including Creditor Debtor Rights: Business; Business/Corporate)

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Business Section; Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code; ABA Advisory Panel

American Board of Certification: Board Certified in Creditors’ Rights; Board of Directors

Federal Bar Association, Michigan

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Litigation Section Executive Committee, past chair

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Board of Editors

State Bar of Michigan: Litigation Section; Business Section

Community Involvement

American Red Cross, Board of Directors

Heart of West Michigan United Way – Project Blueprint/Schools of Hope

March of Dimes – Michigan Chapter, Grand Rapids Division, past Board member

Thornapple Valley Baseball League, coach

YMCA, coach

News & Publications

Publications

Education

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Lansing, Michigan
J.D., 1997
American Jurisprudence Award Winner
Dean’s List

City University of New York, Queens College
New York, New York
B.A., Political Science, 1993
Dean’s List

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
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