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August, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a small investment company sell a parcel of manufacturing real estate in Rochester, Michigan.  This project involved negotiating and drafting of a purchase agreement as...

August, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. and Leon N. Mayer represented a debt purchaser in litigation in Kent County Circuit Court involving claims of collateral conversion.  This litigation was complicated because the...

August, 2019

On behalf of a creditor-plaintiff, John Stockdale, Jr. litigated a collection case against several specialty automotive manufacturers and their principal.  The Defendants refused to adequately respond...

August, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a small investment company restructure its debtor-party store’s indebtedness.  This matter involved the structuring, drafting, and closing of (i) a redemption of...

August, 2019

John Stockdale Jr. assisted a local Korean market to sell its beer and wine and liquor licenses.  This project involved negotiating with the purchaser and drafting the purchase documents that effected...

August, 2019

Last Year, John Stockdale, Jr. and the Schafer and Weiner team resolved a non-profit high school music booster organization’s federal tax penalties for failure to file tax return.  This year,...

May, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. and Nicholas Marcus represented a married couple in difficult collection litigation involving breach of a promise to pay under a mortgage covenant where the statute of limitation had run...

May, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. represented an auto supplier, who acquired all of the assets of failing business in an article 9 transaction.  The auto supplier commenced business litigation in Oakland County...

May, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. and Leon N. Mayer completed their representation of the BCDG Priority and Unsecured Creditors Trust before the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa.  As a result of...

April, 2019

Daniel J. Weiner and Leon N. Mayer co-authored Can a Lone Creditor With a State Court Remedy Prosecute an Involuntary Chapter 7 Case?  which was published in the December 2018 issue of...

March, 2019

Jeffery Sattler represents a financially distressed marketing business.  He defended the client in two collection lawsuits.  Jeffery obtained a year-long forbearance under favorable terms in the...

March, 2019

Jeffery Sattler continues to assist a judgment creditor collect on its $250,000 judgment.  Jeffery took over collection efforts after another firm failed to recover any money.  As a result of...

March, 2019

Howard Borin and Jeffery Sattler defended a financial services firm and its principals in a collection matter brought by their former attorney’s probate estate.  After the clients’ former...

March, 2019

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a retiring business owner sell his business interests: a 50% member interest in an injection molder servicing the automotive sector and his 50% member interest in its real...

March, 2019

From April 2-4, Michael E. Baum, the Managing Member of Schafer and Weiner, and Jason L. Weiner will attend the INSOL International (the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency, and...

March, 2019

Joseph K. Grekin and John J. Stockdale, Jr. assisted a real estate development in Grand Blanc, Michigan in a restructure and refinance of its business paving the way for construction of the development...

March, 2019

John J. Stockdale, Jr. and Kim Hillary filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy case for Central Processing Services, LLC on March 6, 2019.  Central Processing Services, LLC provides print, mailing, and lockbox...

March, 2019

Michael E. Baum and John J. Stockdale, Jr. successfully guided a tier-one automotive supplier through its chapter 11 process. The debtors proposed a chapter 11 liquidating plan that contemplates full...

February, 2019

Following the acquisition of a failing auto supplier’s accounts receivable and other business assets in a Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 sale, John Stockdale, Jr. helped the purchaser negotiate a...

January, 2019

Jeffery Sattler counseled an industrial painting and sheeting subcontractor in connection with its account debtor’s chapter 11 filing in Delaware.  The account debtor filed its chapter 11 before...

January, 2019

Jeffery Sattler represented a municipal water and sewer department in a mobile home park’s chapter 11 proceedings.  When the debtor failed to satisfy its post-petition obligations to the client,...

January, 2019

A non-profit high-school music booster organization received a notice from the IRS asserting unpaid failure to file penalties and threatening tax liens against the non-profit. John Stockdale, Jr. and the...

January, 2019

In connection with a deli meat distributor’s post-sale dissolution, John Stockdale, Jr. aggressively negotiated a 45% reduction with a credit card company and a 45% reduction with a line of credit...

December, 2018

Jeffery Sattler represented a family-owned golf course when its note became due and owing and the bank threatened foreclosure.  Jeffery negotiated a year-long forbearance under favorable terms. ...

December, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a post-judgment guarantor settle a judgment and stop the collection activity against him.  Several years ago the guarantor first retained Schafer and Weiner regarding a...

December, 2018

Joseph K. Grekin and Jason L. Weiner, with court authority, closed the sale of the real property of Evans Tempcon, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 701 Ann, LLC purchased the company’s real property,...

December, 2018

Jason L. Weiner, President of the Detroit Chapter’s nextGen Board of Directors, was selected by the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Detroit Chapter to attend and represent Detroit at...

November, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. and Nicholas Marcus represented a logistics company and its owner as defendants in a state court breach of contract and fraud litigation.  Without filing a responsive pleading,...

November, 2018

Michael E. Baum and John Stockdale, Jr. filed Scott Industries, Inc. under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on November 13, 2018.  Scott Industries, Inc. is an...

November, 2018

Daniel J. Weiner and John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a veteran-owned Tier 2/3 auto-supplier obtain tax lien subordination.  This second-generation auto supplier incurred more than $700,000 in unpaid 941...

October, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a real estate investor with an all-cash sale of one of the few remaining parcels of heavy industrial property in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  John assisted the seller with...

October, 2018

Joseph K. Grekin and Shanna M. Kaminski filed a motion for summary disposition based on res judicata, on behalf of a corporate client and its indirect individual owner in the Wayne County Circuit Court....

September, 2018

On October 25, 2018,  Joseph K. Grekin and Shanna M. Kaminski will serve as panelists for the Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s seminar entitled Evidentiary Issues in Bankruptcy...

September, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a widow with the sale of her husband’s deli meat distributor’s assets and accounts.  This transaction involved difficult negotiations with the buyer and the...

September, 2018

Leon Mayer was appointed by Eastern District of Michigan Chief Bankruptcy Judge Philip J. Shefferly to represent a debtor in an adversary proceeding to except from discharge over $50,000 of alleged...

September, 2018

Seven attorneys at Schafer and Weiner have been selected as 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers® – as either a Super Lawyer or Rising Star. Super Lawyers® recognizes attorneys who have distinguished...

August, 2018

John Stockdale Jr. represented a private equity firm with acquiring the assets of a failing auto supplier.  Schafer and Weiner analyzed various options to complete the proposed acquisition where the...

August, 2018

John Stockdale Jr. represented a merchant cash advance claimant in Premier PCS of Texas, Inc.’s Texas bankruptcy case.  Premier proposed a plan of reorganization that was not satisfactory to the...

August, 2018

One of the primary benefits of filing for bankruptcy is the automatic stay, which stays, among other things, actions to collect pre-petition debt from a debtor.  A creditor that violates the automatic...

August, 2018

Shanna M. Kaminski convinced the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey to dismiss a preference and fraudulent conveyance action filed against a merchant cash advance company.  The Court...

August, 2018

Daniel J. Weiner and Leon N. Mayer helped an auto dealership client preserve and maximize value in a complicated out of court SBA loan workout.   Schafer and Weiner was retained when the bank was...

August, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted an investment bank with acquiring industrial property in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  This matter involved drafting the real estate purchase agreement, clearing conditions to...

July, 2018

Mr. Grekin moderated a cross-border insolvency panel discussion at the NAFER (National Association of Federal Equity Receivers) Offshore Insolvency and Asset Recovery Conference in Chicago. As moderator, Mr...

July, 2018

On July 27, 2018, Jason L. Weiner attended the 2018 NAFER (National Association of Federal Equity Receivers) Offshore Insolvency & Asset Recovery Conference in Chicago. Mr. Weiner co-presented on...

July, 2018

Schafer and Weiner represents a leading towing and recovery company in downriver Detroit.  A chapter 11 debtor filed an adversary proceeding against the tow company claiming ownership in, and seeking...

June, 2018

In June 2018, Jason L. Weiner successfully completed INSOL International’s Global Insolvency Practice Course (GIPC) https://www.insol.org/gpic/ . INSOL...

June, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a real estate developer with the acquisition of industrial real estate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This engagement included, among other things, the formation of a single...

June, 2018

Schafer and Weiner represents a single-location restaurant in its chapter 11 restructuring.  A merchant cash advance creditor brought an out-of-state lawsuit against the restaurant’s responsible...

May, 2018

Daniel J. Weiner and John Stockdale, Jr. successfully restructured a troubled auto supplier outside of bankruptcy.  This second-generation company suffered a maturity default, lacked sufficient working...

May, 2018

John Stockdale, Jr. and Michael E. Baum’s article Unpaid FICA in Chapter 11: Navigating the Minefield was published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Michigan Business Law Journal, which is a...

April, 2018

On April 13, 2018, Jason L. Weiner attended the 2018 NAFER (National Association of Federal Equity Receivers) Offshore Conference in Grand Cayman. Alongside 10 other insolvency professionals, Mr. Weiner...

December, 2017

Joesph K. Grekin and John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a residential real estate developer with clearing a cloud on title to unimproved land intended as a future subdivision.  The cloud on title arose from...

December, 2017

Jason L. Weiner, President-Elect of the Detroit Chapter’s nextGen Board of Directors, was selected by the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Detroit Chapter to attend and represent...

December, 2017

Through a Chapter 11 case, an ongoing business may be sold free and clear of liens, claims and encumbrances through the magic of Bankruptcy Code section 363.  Sometimes problems occur.  Michael E...

November, 2017

Employee embezzlement happens.  A home improvement company suffered catastrophic losses due to embezzlement by its chief financial officer.  The company came to Schafer and Weiner thinking it...

November, 2017

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted six brothers with the sale of vacant land in Jackson, Michigan.  The purchaser intends to develop the property as part of cross-state hiking and bicycle trail.  John...

September, 2017

Joseph K. Grekin and John Stockdale, Jr. successfully represented a minority shareholder in her minority shareholder oppression suit against her sibling-shareholders involving a 140-year-old construction...

September, 2017

Not all insolvency matters conclude with a bankruptcy.  John Stockdale Jr. assisted the seller with the sale of a distressed party store located in Plymouth, Michigan.  To close the transaction,...

August, 2017

Joseph K. Grekin and Jason L. Weiner of Schafer and Weiner, PLLC, with court authority, closed the going concern sale of the assets of Evans Tempcon, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company engineers...

June, 2017

Schafer and Weiner, PLLC represents a Michigan-based auto supplier in its lawsuit against its Italian director for breach of fiduciary duty.  The Italian director moved to dismiss the claims against...

May, 2017

In a chapter 11 case before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the State of Michigan, Department of Treasury filed a proof of claim consisting of withholding tax,...

May, 2017

Only four months after a former husband entered into a consent judgment of divorce, he sought chapter 11 protection in the Eastern District of Michigan to renegotiate the terms of the consent judgment of...

May, 2017

On behalf of the Unsecured Creditors Committee of BCDG, LP, Schafer and Weiner, PLLC confirmed a combined plan of liquidation and disclosure statement before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the...

April, 2017

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted long-time client divest a multi-unit commercial building located in Howell, Michigan.  This engagement involved negotiations with the buyer toward the purchase agreement...

January, 2017

Fourteen days before a hearing on a motion to sell all of the debtor’s property, Schafer and Weiner, PLLC was retained as counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of BCDG, LP. ...

January, 2017

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted a non-profit, limited liability company with the acquisition of vacant land in Michigan.  The non-profit plans to build its new headquarters and laboratory facilities on...

December, 2016

John Stockdale, Jr. assisted an aluminum truck-body manufacturer with analyzing various insolvency-related exit strategies.  When management identified a purchaser, John worked with lender’s...

November, 2016

Access to Bankruptcy Court (“ABC”) is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals below the poverty line with no-cost bankruptcy services.  Schafer and Weiner actively...

November, 2016

At the request of the United States Trustee, John Stockdale, Jr. presented at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division’s Chapter 11 Roundtable on...

September, 2016

Michael E. Baum and John J. Stockdale, Jr. successfully guided a Medicaid-dependent nursing-home business located in Detroit, Michigan and its related real property holding company through the jointly...

July, 2016

Daniel J. Weiner and Jeffery J. Sattler published their article, “Unforgiven No Longer: Ninth Circuit BAP Authorizes Discharge of Old Tax Debt from Untimely Returns,” in the July 2016 edition of...

June, 2016

Joseph Grekin, John Stockdale, Jr. and Shanna Kaminski recently assisted a deli meat distributor with the sale of a portion of its business.  The matter involved detailed negotiations with purchaser...

June, 2016

Michael Baum, John Stockdale, Jr. and Kim Hillary helped a debtor sell a Detroit nursing home in a chapter 11 bankruptcy auction process.  The auction was spirited and involved multiple bidders,...

June, 2016

Joseph Grekin, John Stockdale, Jr. and Jeffery Sattler’s article Applying Claim Preclusion in Michigan: A Call for Clarity was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the Michigan Business Law...

June, 2016

John Stockdale, Jr. served as a panelist at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants’ Anti-Fraud, Litigation & Business Valuation, and Mergers & Acquisitions Conference in...

June, 2016

Michael Baum, John Stockdale, Jr. and Kim Hillary helped a debtor sell a Detroit nursing home in a chapter 11 bankruptcy auction process.  The auction was spirited and involved multiple bidders,...

June, 2016

Joseph Grekin, John Stockdale, Jr. and Shanna Kaminski recently assisted a deli meat distributor with the sale of a portion of its business.  The matter involved detailed negotiations with purchaser...

May, 2016

Joseph K. Grekin and Jason L. Weiner participated on the TMA nextGen “Receivership Theater: Victor Posner’s Crown Jewel” panel discussion. The panel addressed several essential topics of...

May, 2016

John Stockdale, Jr. served as a panelist at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants’ Anti-Fraud, Litigation & Business Valuation, and Mergers & Acquisitions Conference in...

April, 2016

Joseph Grekin, John Stockdale, Jr. and Jeffery Sattler’s article Applying Claim Preclusion in Michigan: A Call for Clarity was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the Michigan Business Law...

February, 2016

The Schafer and Weiner team represented individual debtors facing tax debt approaching $1 million filed  in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Bay City. ...

February, 2016

In February 2016, the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (“NAFER”) admitted Joseph Grekin and Jason Weiner as full members. NAFER is a member-only organization that selectively...

January, 2016

The Schafer and Weiner team represented the Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re Continental Surfaces of Pittsburgh, LLC filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of...

March, 2015

After foreclosure by advertisement of investment real estate, Schafer and Weiner successfully resolved an action brought by the lender in Lapeer County Circuit Court against a business and the business...

March, 2015

The Schafer and Weiner team filed Shanta Corp. d/b/a St. Anne’s Nursing Center under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on March 26, 2015.  The Debtor is a 78...

March, 2015

On March 30, 2015, Schafer and Weiner hosted the 7th Annual Michigan State University College of Law Jewish Legal Society Alumni and Student Networking Night.  The Jewish Legal Society...

March, 2015

Daniel J. Weiner, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, will present borrower’s strategies at an advanced panel discussion, “Critical Concepts for Avoiding Lender Liability (what all lenders should...

February, 2015

Leon N. Mayer and the Schafer and Weiner team recently filed North Toledo Graphics, LLC under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio on February 13, 2015.  The Debtor is a...

January, 2015

The Schafer and Weiner team helped Venture Technology Groups, Inc. (Venture), a local company distributing valves for use in the gas and oil industries and acting as a manufacturer’s representative,...

January, 2015

Schafer and Weiner helped to resolve a shareholder dispute between two 50% shareholders of a closely held corporation. The dispute arose from differences between the managing shareholder and the non-...

January, 2015

Joseph K. Grekin and Jeffery J. Sattler published an article in the Summer 2014 issue of The Michigan Business Law Journal: “Expert Witnesses in Bankruptcy: Avoiding a Trap for the Unwary.”...

December, 2014

Schafer and Weiner designed a strategy that allowed a partnership to refinance a Michigan office building from its existing lender to a new lender during December 2014.  Through creativity and...

December, 2014

In the Chapter 11 case of In re SSI Technology, Inc. (Detroit), a Midwest defense industry supplier, S&W represents the official committee of unsecured creditors.  On December 23, 2014 the...

December, 2014

In the Chapter 11 case of In re Latex Foam International, LLC (Connecticut), an East Coast foam mattress manufacturing company, S&W represents the official committee of unsecured creditors....

October, 2014

John Stockdale, Jr., for the debtor, successfully objected to a class action plaintiff’s purported class proof of claim, which substantially reduced the claim pool by...

October, 2014

On October 30, 2014, Leon Mayer and John Stockdale, Jr. attended the SRR Intellectual Property Symposium.  The symposium included a seminar titled “IP Licenses and Value Issues in Bankruptcy,...

July, 2014

Daniel J. Weiner and Jeffery J. Sattler recently published an article in the June 2014 volume of the Journal of Corporate Renewal -- "When the New Sheriff Comes to Town:  Michigan's Emergency...

June, 2014

Joseph K. Grekin and Jason L. Weiner successfully helped a client and its owner preserve the company’s value by filing a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to prevent...

June, 2014

John Stockdale, Jr. negotiated with a regional South Carolina bank to resolve a $250,000 obligation for unimproved lots on Johns Island, South Carolina. The resolution was made difficult because, while the...

June, 2014

After many months of difficult negotiations with a large Pension Fund, Daniel J. Weiner and John Stockdale, Jr. finalized a settlement of $2.6 million in withdrawal liability.  The settlement resulted...

June, 2014

On June 6, 2014, Joe Grekin and John Stockdale attended the Business Law Institute, a day-long seminar presented by the Business Law Section of the Michigan State Bar.  The topics discussed at the...

June, 2014

Michael Baum and Joe Grekin recently presented the seminar to two different accounting firms, one in Grand Rapids, and one in Bloomfield Hills.  The subject of the seminar is the process through which...

June, 2014

On May 30, 2014, Latex Foam International, LLC, Purelatex Bliss, LLC, Latex Foam International Holdings, LLC and Latex Foam Assets Acquisition, LLC filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code...

April, 2014

Schafer and Weiner, PLLC successfully represented a corporation and its shareholders in a nondischargeability action based on a former shareholder/officer’s frauds, breaches of fiduciary duty and...

April, 2014

Leon Mayer recently guided a group of four related companies based in Northern Ohio in the shipping, warehousing, transportation, packaging and logistics industry through a Chapter 11 reorganization in...

April, 2014

Schafer and Weiner will continue to participate in the Access to Bankruptcy Court program during 2014 as a member of its governing board.  Through this program, Schafer and Weiner (and many other...

April, 2014

After nearly one year of negotiation, the firm recently recovered the contract amounts due a national insulation materialman related to municipal redevelopment activity after making a claim against the...

April, 2014

The firm recently obtained a chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge for the owner of a dissolved construction company.  In paving the way for entry of the discharge order, John Stockdale, Jr. negotiated...

February, 2014

Daniel J. Weiner was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2013), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

November, 2013

In a lawsuit brought by a lender against Schafer and Weiner’s client seeking to enforce promissory notes, guaranties and mortgages, Joseph Grekin and Tracey Porter successfully opposed the lender...

November, 2013

Brendan Best and Jeffery Sattler published an article entitled “In the Sixth Circuit, Landlords Beware!” in the November 2013 newsletter for the Real Estate Committee of the American...

November, 2013

Michael Baum was a presenter at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 9th Annual Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference.  Mr. Baum, a Co-Chairman of the Mediation Panel for the...

October, 2013

Joseph Grekin presented a breakfast seminar entitled "What They Don't Tell You - The Secrets to Being a Great Expert Witness" to a group of accounting and consulting professionals at...

January, 2013

An equipment creditor sought to deny a debtor-business owner a chapter 7 discharge on the basis that the Debtor undervalued several business interests in his bankruptcy petition. The creditor claimed that...

January, 2012

Ms. Hillary specializes in representing companies and individuals in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings and workouts. Ms. Hillary has represented clients in a broad range of...

December, 2011

In 2011, the Michigan legislature amended Michigan's limited liability company act, MCL § 450.4101 et seq. to permit the conversion of a domestic corporation to a domestic limited liability company...

November, 2011

Joe Grekin and Tracey Porter successfully obtained a preliminary injunction enjoining a business partner from entering the premises of a local company and forbidding him from participating in the day-to-day...

September, 2011

Ms. Hillary has been designated as a Board Member at Large for the Michigan Chapter of IWIRC (International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation). Ms. Hillary is also a member of the...

September, 2011

A nursing home filed suit against the wife of a former resident to collect the debt incurred by the former resident. Mr. Stockdale prepared a motion for summary disposition on the basis that the nursing...

August, 2011

Michael E. Baum and John Stockdale, Jr. represent local home construction company, which was beset by state court litigation and unprofitable contracts, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case. While this case is...