Board Certified Michigan Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist

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Walter A. Metzen
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Walter Metzen-Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney in Michigan

American Board of Bankruptcy Certification 

Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Attorney in Michigan Walter Metzen

Walter Metzen is a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Attorney in Michigan

 

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Professional background

For over 20 years, Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer Walter A. Metzen has represented thousands of consumers needing a fresh financial start. All bankruptcy attorneys at our office pride ourselves in giving personal attention to our clients. Our bankruptcy law firm primarily represents individuals and small businesses, not large corporations. We believe that bankruptcy is an honest solution to debt problems and offer free initial consultations to determine if we can help you.

Walter received his law degree in 1991 from the University of Detroit and his undergraduate B.S. degree in 1987 from Michigan State University. He is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan.  Attorney Metzen is a member of the Michigan Bar, the American Bar Association, the Consumer Bankruptcy Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Inc., the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Debtor’s Bar Association of Detroit Michigan.  Mr. Metzen has been a Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy since 2005 and was recently recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy.

Walter Metzen has an Excellent rating by AVVO

Walter Metzen has attained an Excellent rating by AVVO.

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Detroit School of Law, 3.7 G.P.A. Ranked 1st in class.
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics/Forensic Science, Michigan State University 1987 

Educational Achievements:

  • High School Diploma, Milford High School, Milford MI., June 1981
  • Bachelor of Science, Criminalistics and Forensic Science, Michigan State University, June 1987
  • Juris Doctor, University of Detroit School of Law, 3.7 GPA, Class Rank: 1st in Class, 1991
  • Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy, 2005 American Board of Certification

Educational Awards:

  • Michigan Higher Education Award for Academic Excellence
  • Michigan Jurisprudence Award (Book awards-Torts, Civil Procedure, Insurance Law)
  • Dean’s List all terms of attendance in Law School
  • Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Detroit School of Law 

Awards:

Walter Metzen selected Top Bankruptcy Attorney 2012 and 2013

Walter Metzen has been selected as a Top Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney in 2012 and 2013.

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Torts
  • Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • Honor Roll all terms of attendance in Law School
  • 2012 Michigan Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy
  • 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • State of Michigan Bar Association
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Contributing Speaker,  Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute’s 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, April 1, 2011, The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, Michigan: Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice: Avoiding Conflicts, Problems and Malpractice

Estimated Number of Consumer Bankruptcy Filings to date:

                A.             Chapter 7                              10,000+
                B.            Chapter 13                            3000+

 

Continuing Legal Education:

2016
  • 28th Annual FBA Western District of Michigan Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar July 29th through July 31st, 2016, at Mission Point Resort , Mackinac Island Michigan. 8.0 Hrs. Seminar Topics Included: Secrets of the Courts, Unemployment Compensation Insurance Issues, Model Chapter 13 Plan and Other Considerations, Judge’s Round Table: Breakfast with Judges, Recent Decisions Impacting Bankruptcy Practice in the Western District of Michigan and Western District Bankruptcy Judges Panel: Another Year!

 Walter Metzen was also recognized as one of Michigan’s Top Attorneys in 2016 by peer recognitionWalter Metzen was awarded the Client Distinction Award in 2016.

2015
  • Detroit Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Trustees Attorney Forum, February 16, 2015, 10am to 12pm, Offices of David. Wm. Ruskin, 26555 Evergreen Road, Suite 1100, Southfield MI 48076.  2.0 Hrs.

  • Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Eastern District of Michigan Chapter Presents Honorable Bankruptcy Judge Mark Randon Bankruptcy Practices, Procedures, Tips and Pointers, The Atheneum, 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226, Thursday March 12th, 2015  1.0 Hrs.

  • The Consumer Bankruptcy Association Litigation Skills Seminar “Anatomy of a Trial”, Trial Preparation-Exhibits, Opening Statements, Direct and Cross Examination, Expert Witnesses and Lay Witnesses Direct and Cross Exam, Closing Arguments United States Federal Court House, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit MI, Friday, April 17th, 2015 8.0 Hrs.

  • The Detroit Chapter 13 Trustees ATTORNEY FORUM October 12, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Office Of The Chapter 13 Standing Trustee  David Wm. Ruskin – Trustee Eastern District Of Michigan – Detroit 2.0 Hrs.
  • Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan –Bankruptcy Committee RAPID FIRE ROUNDTABLE 2015 Event Westin Hotel 1500 Town Center, Southfield MI 3.0 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2015 Detroit 11th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan, November 11, 2015 7.00 Hrs. Seminar topics included: Bankruptcy Case Law Update, Witness Preparation, Litigating Stay Violation and Discharge Injunction Violations in Chapters 7 and 13, Supreme Court Update, Law v. Siegel, Current Issues Regarding Objections to Discharge in Chapter 7 Cases, End-of-the-Road Issues in Chapter 13, Forgotten and Overlooked Issues in Chapter 7, Claims, Claims, Claims in Chapter 13 Cases, Student Loans A-Z, Annual Case Law Update — from the Circuits Down
  • Informational Seminar to Introduce the New Official Bankruptcy Forms, December 1, 2015, Theodore Levin United States Federal Courthouse, Room 115, 231 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit MI 48226. 2 Hrs.
2014
  • Seminar: Using the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for Foreclosure Clients., Brian P. Parker, 13th Floor Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold, Detroit MI. Feb. 20th, 2014. 12 noon to 2 pm. 2 hrs.

  • 26th Annual FBA Western District of Michigan Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar July 31 through August 2, 2014, at Boyne Highlands at Harbor Springs, MI. 7.0 Hrs.

  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2014 Detroit 10th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan, November 11, 2014 7.00 Hrs. Seminar topics included: Case Law Update, Preclusion Issues in Consumer Cases, Current Real Estate Issues in Chapter 7 Cases, Consumer Bankruptcy Mortgage Issues and Evidence and Exhibits: A How-To Demonstration and Discussion. 7.0 Hrs.

2013
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answer – but Does Congress? Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT. 1.25 Hrs.
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Bankruptcy Section Consumer Bankruptcy Forum on Undisclosed Assets, Undervalued Assets and Compromises of Objections to Discharge. April 12, 2013, Westin Hotel, Southfield, MI. 2.0 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Central States 20th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI-June 13 through 16th 2013-9.0 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • CBA Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Model Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan 3.0 Meeting, June 20th, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm., Royal Oak MI 3.0 CLE Hrs.
  •  ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Detroit 9th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2013 7.00 Hrs. Seminar topics included: Case Law Update, The Trial of Smith v. Big Bank (Lien Stripping), Relief on Student Loans, In and Out of Bankruptcy, The Attorney Client/Client Privilege in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, Judges Panel: Advice for Oral Advocacy and Adversary Proceedings.
  •  Speaker ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Detroit 9th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2013 1.00 Hr. Topic: Proper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition Assets.
  • Speaker ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Detroit 9th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2013 1.00 Hr. Topic: Proper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition Assets.

2012
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner:  Various Consumer Bankruptcy Topics: UPDATE: IRS vs. CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEES * ISSUES PERTAINING TO TAX REFUNDS SUBJECT TO GARNISHMENT, INCLUDING: THE ARNOLD CASE, AUTOMATIC STAY ISSUES, THE NOVATION THEORY, ACC. Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute’s 3rd  Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, May 11th, 2012, The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, Michigan, 6.0 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2012 Detroit 8th AnnuVOIDING LIENS AND MORE. January 28th, 2010, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • al Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 12, 2012 6.00 Hrs.
2011
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute’s 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, April 1, 2011, The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, Michigan, 6.0 Hrs.
  • Contributing Speaker,  Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute’s 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, April 1, 2011, The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, Michigan: Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice: Avoiding Conflicts, Problems and Malpractice. 1.0 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2011 Detroit 7th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2011 6.00 Hrs.
2010
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, April 19, 2010, The Inn at St. John’s Plymouth, Michigan, Recent Developments in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy 6.0 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2010 Central States 17th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI-June 18 through 20th 2010-10.8 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2010 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Sterling Heights MI, Best Western Sterling Inn, November 11, 2010 6.25 Hrs.
2009
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner, LIEN STRIPPING IN CHAPTER 13 CASES, April 2, 2009, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • 21st Annual Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar, July 23rd thru July 25th, 2009, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville MI 6.00 Hrs
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner:  Views from the Bench of Eastern District of Michigan September 24, 2009, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • United States District Court-Eastern District of Michigan, Foreclosure Prevention Training, October 29, 2009, Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 115, Detroit MI 48226   6.5 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2009 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Dearborn MI, Hyatt Regency Dearborn, November 11, 2009 6.25 Hrs.
2008
  • Financial Issues in Commercial Litigation & Business Bankruptcies: Using Evidence and Expert Witnesses in Business Bankruptcy Proceedings, First Floor Multi-purpose room Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, Federal Bar Seminar, Detroit MI. February 6th, 2008, 4 hrs. waltermetzenaward
  • FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION DETROIT CHAPTER – BANKRUPTCY SECTION AND CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY ASSOCIATION, BANKRUPTCY TRIAL ADVOCACY WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 28-29, 2008, U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT AND U.S. COURTHOUSE Room 115 in the U.S. Courthouse,
  • 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, February 28th and 29th, 2008, 4 Hrs.
  • Bench and Bar Seminar on the New Eastern District of Michigan Local Bankruptcy Rules presented by EDM Judges, April 11, 2008, Trott Financial Center, 31440 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills MI 48334, Consumer Section, 1 Hr. 45 minutes.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2008 Central States 15th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 12 through 15th 2008-10.8 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • State Bar of Michigan, Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice Seminar, Lansing MI, November 5th, 2008, 7 Hrs.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2008 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit Marriott Troy, November 11, 2008 5.5 Hrs.
2007
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2007 Central States 14th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 7 through 10th 2007-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • 3rd Annual Walter Shapero Bankruptcy Symposium with Featured Speaker Professor Scott Norberg, October 17, 2007, Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield MI .45 hour.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2007 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit Marriott Troy, November 12, 20078 6.5 Hrs
2006
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2006 Central States 13th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 16-19th 2006-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • 2nd Annual Walter Shapero Bankruptcy Symposium with Featured Speaker Professor Margaret Howard from Washington & Lee University School of Law, September 7, 2006.  1.0 Hr.
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2006 Central States 13th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 15-18th 2006-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • BAPCPA One Year Later A Columbus Day Seminar, Sheraton Novi Hotel, October 9, 2006   7 Hrs.
2005
  • New Bankruptcy Code Seminar, Cobo Center Detroit, MI June 3, 2005, 1:00pm to 4:00pm -4 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2005 Central States 12th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 16-19th 2004-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs.
  • Understanding the Radical Bankruptcy Code Changes: Consumer Bankruptcy Under the New Code: Commercial Law League of America and its Bankruptcy Section Fund (Telephonically recorded), June 23, 2005-2 Hrs
  • Understanding the New Bankruptcy Reform Act: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know-ICLE (Institute for Continuing Legal Education), MSU Management Education Center, Troy MI, July 26th, 2005-5.25 Hrs
  • Best Case Bankruptcy Reform Update-Chicago Marriott, Chicago IL, July 28th, 2005, 1 Hr
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), Fighting Back: Helping Debtors Survive the New Bankruptcy Law, A Bankruptcy Practice Workshop, July 29th 30th, 2005, Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago IL.-13.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Are you a Debt Relief Agency? Chief Judge Steven W. Rhodes, August 25th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: NACTT National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Video Presentation: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, September 20th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Group Presentations: Domestic Support Obligations Group, Automatic Stay Group, Chapter 13 Issues/Plan Modifications/Model Plan Group: Adequate Protection Group, Local Rules/Case Law Monitoring: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, September 27th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 2.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Group Presentations: Valuations and Exemptions Group, Credit Counseling, Documentation and Reporting Group, Pre-Petition Credit Counseling Group: Discharge and Dismissal Group, Reaffirmation Issues Group: Co-Presenter Means Test Group: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, October 11th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 3.0 Hrs
  •  Best Case Bankruptcy Class on Means Test-Sheraton Hotel, Novi Michigan, November 11th, 2005, .5 Hr
  •  ABI American Bankruptcy Institute Detroit Bankruptcy Conference “Practice Under the New Bankruptcy Law”, Sheraton Hotel, Novi Michigan, November 10-11th, 2005, 7.0 Hrs
2004
  • Oakland Mediation Centers CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, Jan. Feb. 2004. 8 Hrs. (Non CLE)
  • Bankruptcy Mortgage Financing/Refinance Out of Chapter 13-Vision Mortgage Workshop, 4-30-04m 2 Hrs
  • ABI 2004 Central States 10th Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2004-8.25 CLE Hrs
  • Consumer Bar Association: Ultimate Introductory Bankruptcy Seminar, June 11, 2004-4.25 Hrs
  • Raising The Bar On USBC Professionalism. Oakland Mediation Center, July 30th, 2004-4 Hrs
2003
  • FAMILY LAW ISSUES IN CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY SEMINAR: April 23, 2003. 1.5 hours.
  • ABI 2003 Central States 10th Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2003-8.25 CLE Hrs
2002
  • Local Bankruptcy Seminar, Consumer Bankruptcy Association 2002 Seminar, Troy MI- March 2002-5.7 Hrs.
  • NACBA-National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Tenth Annual Convention/Seminar, April 26-28, 2002, Las Vegas NV.-11 CLE Hrs.
  • ABI 2002 Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2002-8.75 Hrs
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association-CBA, Michigan Public Act 123, November 13,2002-2 Hrs.
2001
  • National Business Institute Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Michigan, Southfield, MI.-October, 2001-7 Hrs.
2000
  • ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2000-8.75 Hrs.
  • National Business Institute Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Michigan, Southfield, MI.-October, 2000-7 Hrs.
1999
  • Bankruptcy Practice 1999 Seminar, PESI Inc., Novi MI, April 1999-7 Hrs.
  • ABI 6th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI- June 1999-12 Hrs.
  • Chapter 13 Seminar, Consumer Bankruptcy Association and Office of the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee-Detroit, Troy MI- September 1999-7 Hrs.
1998
  • Bankruptcy Practice 1998 Seminar, PESI Inc., Novi MI, May 1998-7 Hrs.
  • ABI 5th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI- June 1998-12 Hrs.
  • New Local Bankruptcy Rules Seminar, Oakland County Bar Association, Birmingham MI, September, 1998-3.5 Hrs.
1997
  • ABI Fourth Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI., June 1997-12 Hrs.