Geoffrey L. Silverman

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C., Farmington Hills, Michigan

April 2003 – Present

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

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

            University of Michigan Law School

                        J.D. Cum Laude May 1979

            Indiana University

                        A.B., Political Science, 1976

                        Minors: History, Philosophy and Religion

PRACTICE AREAS

            Commercial and individual bankruptcies, commercial and bankruptcy litigation,

            creditor’s rights, secured transactions, financing, sales and acquisitions.

COURT ADMISSIONS

            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

RECOGNITION

            Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating

            Super Lawyers 2008-Present (Bankruptcy Creditor/Debtor rights)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

            Indiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

TESTIMONY

            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).

PUBLICATIONS

            “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).

SEMINARS PRESENTED

March2011Oakland 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  
October2004Institute for Continuing Legal Education “Bankruptcy Nuts and Bolts”,  Troy, Michigan  
April1999Professional Education Systems, Inc. and Consumer Bankruptcy Association – “Bankruptcy Practice Update ‘99”  
September1998Washtenaw County Bar Association – “Asset Protection Planning”, Ann Arbor, Michigan  
September1998Association of Insolvency Accountants – “Business Valuations & Asset Recovery Conference”  
April1997Institute of Continuing Education – “Handling Consumer Bankruptcy Cases”, Troy, Michigan  
September1994National Business Institute – “Advanced Collections and the Bankruptcy Process in Michigan”  
December1990Homeward 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 Courtrepresentation 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. MIcounsel 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. MIrepresentation 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. MIrepresentation of unsecured creditors.