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Ralph E McDowell

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Practice Areas

Practice focused on commercial bankruptcy, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and workouts. Represents banks and other financial institutions in pre-bankruptcy workouts, commercial bankruptcy cases, and troubled credit situations. Represents financial institutions in court proceedings, sale of debt transactions, foreclosures, liquidation of assets, and forbearance arrangements. Represents numerous automotive and manufacturing clients in bankruptcy and troubled supplier situations. Has represented trustees, creditors’ committees, non-bank creditors and various debtors in all aspects of bankruptcy cases and debtor-creditor disputes. Assists the firm’s loan origination lawyers in structuring and documenting complex loan transactions, and represents parties in the purchase of assets from trustees, receivers, debtors in possession, and from troubled companies. He is the Best Lawyers in America 2020 Detroit Lawyer of the Year for Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights. Listed as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Super Lawyers.

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Michigan, Detroit Bar Association.


JD, magna cum laude, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law; BA, Kalamazoo College.​ Serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Hebrew Free Loan of Metropolitan Detroit; on the University of Detroit Mercy Law School Dean's Advisory Committee; and on the Detroit Institute of Arts Audit Committee.