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.
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.
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)
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
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
News & Publications
- May 8, 2017
- August 11, 2015
- September 3, 2014
- May 22, 2014
- September 6, 2013
- November 26, 2012
- September 27, 2012
- January 12, 2011
- December 8, 2008
- Credit Union Advisory, February 27, 2017
- Credit Union Advisory, June 22, 2015
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
American Jurisprudence Award Winner
City University of New York, Queens College
New York, New York
B.A., Political Science, 1993
- 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