Shanna M. Kaminski


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Shanna M. Kaminski is an experienced litigator who aggressively represents businesses and business owners in often contentious and complex litigation in both state and federal court. Whether on the offense or defense, Ms. Kaminski battles strategically and creatively to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.

For nearly a decade, she has focused her practice on bankruptcy litigation, commercial litigation, and debtor/creditor rights. Ms. Kaminski has wide-ranging litigation experience.  She has litigated and tried civil and criminal matters in state court, federal district court, and bankruptcy court.  Prior to joining Schafer and Weiner, Ms. Kaminski represented the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in the City of Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy case, which included the trial regarding termination of water service to City of Detroit residents with delinquent bills.

Ms. Kaminski has extensive experience representing diverse creditors in state court, federal district court, and bankruptcy court, including probate, receivership, lender liability, and debt collection practices matters.  She has also represented chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees, giving her a distinct edge when representing individuals and companies.

Ms. Kaminski is on the Board of Directors for the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and is the Vice Chair of the Debtor/Creditor Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association.   Ms. Kaminski is also extremely involved in her community:  She is an Ambassador for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Development Director for the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, and volunteers with the Eastern Michigan University Mock Trial and Moot Court Teams and with the organization Living Arts, whose mission is to empower youth in Detroit through the arts.  She is an active member of the Detroit Area Art Deco Society and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, and a patron of the Michigan Opera Theater and other arts organizations in Detroit.

Ms. Kaminski can speak, read, and write Italian and, in just a few short months, will be an Italian citizen.  She is proud to reside in the Lafayette Park neighborhood in the City of Detroit.


Ms. Kaminski has represented clients in federal courts throughout the country, including those in the following states:

Illinois; New Jersey; New York; Florida; California; Arkansas; Texas; Iowa; and Missouri.

Ms. Kaminski has also assisted clients with litigation pending in Italian courts by locating competent counsel in Italy, developing litigation strategy alongside Italian counsel, assisting Italian counsel with drafting papers filed in Italian courts, and generally serving as a liaison between clients and their Italian counsel.  


2011-2015, Associate Attorney, Kilpatrick & Associates, P.C

2010-2011, Staff Attorney, American 1 Credit Union f/k/a American 1 Federal Credit Union

2006-2009, Office of the Grundy County (Illinois) State’s Attorney, Civil and Criminal Divisions

2007-2008, Law Clerk for the Honorable Lance R. Peterson, Grundy County Circuit Court, Illinois


Wells v. THB America, Inc. (In re Clements Mfg. Liquidation Co., LLC), 521 B.R. 231 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2014).


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 multi-million-dollar breach of contract action brought in federal court.

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, among other things, 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.