Finkel Whitefield Selik
June 2021 – present
Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C., Farmington Hills, Michigan
April 2003 – June 2021
Shefferly, Silverman & Morris, a professional corporation, West Bloomfield, Michigan
January 1990 – March 2003
Schlussel, Lifton, Simon, Rands, Galvin & Jackier, P.C., Southfield, Michigan
November 1986 – January 1990
Miro, Miro & Weiner, P.C., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
October 1981 – October 1986
Bamberger & Feibleman, Indianapolis, Indiana
May 1979 – September 1981
University of Michigan Law School
J.D. Cum Laude May 1979
A.B., Political Science, 1976
Minors: History, Philosophy and Religion
Commercial and individual bankruptcies, commercial and bankruptcy litigation,
creditor’s rights, secured transactions, financing, sales and acquisitions.
State of Michigan, State of Indiana (inactive)
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western
Districts of Michigan
United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit and Seventh Circuit
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating
Super Lawyers 2008-Present (Bankruptcy Creditor/Debtor rights)
Indiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association.
- Active member of The Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the Business Law Section of The State Bar of Michigan.
- Regular service as a judge in the University of Michigan Law School Campbell Moot Court Competition and as a judge for the University of Michigan Law School Legal Practice Program.
Testified in part as expert in matter of Aslanian v. Watson,
State of Michigan 31st District Court Case No. 01-4904 (2002).
Retained as expert in matter of Estate of Marvin Page v. Slagh,
Case No. 1:06 cv 0245, U.S. District Court, W.D. MI (2007).
“Representing Small Business Debtors in Bankruptcy”,
Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan
Contributing co-author, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
(March 2009, and regularly updated).
“Preferences – What are They and Why Should You Care?”,
Laches, Oakland County Bar Association (May 2000).
|March||2011||Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee: March 15, 2011 “Dischargeability of Tax Liability in Bankruptcy”|
|February||2008||State Bar of Michigan, Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the Business Law Section – “Alternatives to Bankruptcy” Speaker on Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors|
|October||2004||Institute for Continuing Legal Education “Bankruptcy Nuts and Bolts”, Troy, Michigan|
|April||1999||Professional Education Systems, Inc. and Consumer Bankruptcy Association – “Bankruptcy Practice Update ‘99”|
|September||1998||Washtenaw County Bar Association – “Asset Protection Planning”, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|September||1998||Association of Insolvency Accountants – “Business Valuations & Asset Recovery Conference”|
|April||1997||Institute of Continuing Education – “Handling Consumer Bankruptcy Cases”, Troy, Michigan|
|September||1994||National Business Institute – “Advanced Collections and the Bankruptcy Process in Michigan”|
|December||1990||Homeward Bound Seminars – Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan – “Remedies of Land Owners and Lenders in Commercial, Industrial and Residential Transactions”|
REPRESENTATIVE INSOLVENCY MATTERS
Shafer, Receiver v. Steuer & Associates, et al., Ingham County Michigan Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals-representation of defendants in fraudulent transfer litigation and appeal.
Grow v. Randall Industries, Wayne County Michigan Circuit Court – representation of corporate and individual defendants in business dissolution and creditor litigation
Invest Detroit, et al. v. FutureNet Group and FutureNet Securities Solutions, Wayne County Michigan Circuit Court – representation of debtors in receivership action
In re Second Chance Body Armor, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., W.D. MI – representation of certified class of persons (including numerous state and local governmental agencies) who purchased defective bullet proof vests from manufacturer of body armor.
In re Sonicscrubbers, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., D. CO – counsel for secured creditor in successful litigation against Chapter 7 Trustee.
In re Town & Country-Sterling Heights, Inc., U.S. Bankr. E.D. MI – counsel for owner of multi-location real estate brokerage office.
In re Pine River Plastics, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – service as trustee of liquidating trust under confirmed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization.
In re T.K. Holdings, Inc., d/b/a Takata, et al. – representation of supplier to Takata.
In re CMC Telecom, Inc., Chapter 11, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – counsel for Debtor in Possession in successful reorganization.
In re Nartron Corporation, U.S. Bankr. Ct., W.D. MI – counsel for shareholder in Chapter 11 case.
In Re U.S. Airways, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. VA – representation of certified class of persons who purchased tickets and were impacted by anti-trust violations of debtor and other airlines.
M & S Manufacturing – representation of high precision auto parts manufacturer in wind-down of business and workout with lender and customers.
In re DSC Ltd., U.S. Bankr. Ct. and U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. MIand Sixth Cir. Ct. of Appeals – representation of alleged debtor in successful defense of involuntary bankruptcy proceeding and subsequent appeals.
Glomar Steel Company – representation of Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors in assignment proceeding pending before the Wayne County Michigan Circuit Court.
Detroit Cold Rolling Company – representation of owner of corporation in receivership matter concerning steel processing facility (formerly part of McLouth Steel).
In re X-Cel E Coat, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI, counsel for Chapter 11 Debtor in Possession.
In re Diamond Mortgage Company, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – counsel for Chapter 7 Trustee.
In re Fred Sanders, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – counsel for entity which filed and confirmed independent plan of reorganization for acquisition of assets of candy maker.
In re Hamady Bros. Food Markets, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – representation of parent corporation, officers and directors in bankruptcy of 23 store grocery chain.
In re Dynaplast, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI- representation of General Motors concerning financial collapse of single source auto parts supplier.
In re Accurate Boring, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – representation of debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
In re Chem Strip, Inc., U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI- representation of debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
In re Executive Technology Data System, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – representation of debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
In re Francis G. Bridge, U.S. Bankr. Ct., E.D. MI – representation of unsecured creditors.