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Bodman Chairman Ralph McDowell Presents at Midwestern Law Leaders Forum

By: Bodman PLC


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Bodman PLC Chairman Ralph E. McDowell participated as a faculty member at the Second Annual Midwestern Law Firm Leaders Forum hosted by Thomson Reuters at The Standard Club in Chicago on October 8.

McDowell, who chairs Bodman’s executive management committee, was the only leader of a Michigan-based firm to participate on the faculty. He served as a panelist for a managing partner roundtable on legal industry trends and developments, offering his insight on emerging issues that will affect midsize law firms in 2015 and beyond.

In his legal practice McDowell assists clients primarily in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and workouts. He has represented the interests of banks and other financial institutions in pre-bankruptcy workout situations, commercial bankruptcy cases, and troubled credit situations. His work with banks and financial institutions includes representation in court proceedings, sale of debt transactions, foreclosures, liquidation of assets, and forbearance arrangements.  He also represents numerous clients in the automotive manufacturing industry in bankruptcy and troubled supplier situations.

McDowell is listed as 2015 Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Bankruptcy by The Best Lawyers in America.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 (for twelve years) under Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy. He is listed in Chambers USA 2014 under Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy in Band 1 (the highest level possible). He is also listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-2015 under Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and as one of the 100 most highly-rated attorneys in Michigan.

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