Thomas R. Morris

Education

      J.D., 1986, University of Michigan Law School

      B.A., 1982

      James Madison College, Michigan State University

Professional Experience

      Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.

      Member, April 2003‑present

      Shefferly, Silverman & Morris

      1990‑2003

      Schlussel, Lifton, Simon, Rands, Galvin & Jackier

      1986‑1990

      American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

      Internship, 1982

      Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating

      Super Lawyers 2008 – present (Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights)

Practice Areas

      Commercial, consumer and municipal bankruptcy; representation of bankruptcy trustees; leasing and real estate; commercial litigation; workouts; bankruptcy litigation; commercial law; creditors’ rights; international transactions

Court Admissions

      Michigan; Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

      United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Activities

      State Bar of Michigan, Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee

      State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section Council, 2009 to 2015

      Oakland County Bar Association, Debtor-Creditor Committee, chairman 2020-2021.

Publications and Presentations

      “State v. Federal Exemptions”, ABI/CBA Detroit Veterans Day Steven W. Rhodes Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, November, 2019.

      “MUFTA Becomes MUVTA:  Recent Changes to the Michigan Voidable Transactions Law” Michigan Business Law Journal, spring, 2018.

      “In Need of Repair:  Secret Personal Property Liens in Michigan” Michigan Business Law Journal, fall 2015.

      “Unique and Perplexing Issues in Individual Chapter 11 Cases”, ABI Central States Conference, June, 2013 (featured in The Best of ABI:  The Year in Consumer Bankruptcy).

      “House Bill 5427 Proposes Exemption Reform”, The Litigation Newsletter (State Bar or Michigan Litigation Section), spring 2012.

      “The History and Future of Michigan Debtor Exemptions” Michigan Business Law Journal, summer 2010.

      Co-author, “Representing Small Business Debtors in Bankruptcy” Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan, I.C.L.E., 2009 – 2020.

      “The Discharge of ‘Trustee’ Debts:  Defining the Term ‘Fiduciary Capacity” under Bankruptcy Code section 523(a)(4)”  Michigan Business Law Journal, spring 2008.

      “Judgment Liens Against Real Property:  H.B. 4941Proposes Major Changes”  Michigan Real Property Review, summer 2000.

      Articles editor, Michigan Business Law Journal, spring 2008; lecturer on bankruptcy law at various additional seminars; expert witness in bankruptcy and commercial law matters.

Published Decisions (partial list)

      Dery v. United States, 106 B.R. 474 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 1989)

      In re Moses, 132 B.R. 837 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 1990); 779 F.Supp. 857 (E.D. Mich. 1991)

      In re Big Rapids Mall Associates, 98 F.3d 926 (6th Cir. 1996)

      In re Barman, 237 B.R. 342; (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 1999); 244 B.R. 896 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2000)

      In re Made in Detroit, 299 B.R. 170 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2003), 414 F.3d 576 (6th Cir. 2005)

      In re Sassak, 426 B.R. 680 (E.D. Mich. 2010)

      In re City of Detroit, 504 B.R. 97 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2013)

      In re Baker, 514 B.R. 860 (E.D. Mich. 2014)     

Languages:  French