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Susan M. Cook

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Biography

Susan Cook has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, commercial litigation and business transactions. Sue has represented both purchasers and sellers in the sale of businesses, banks in the drafting and review of loan documentation, and distressed businesses and creditors in both out of court and bankruptcy reorganizations. Her reorganization experience is in a wide range of industries, including: hospitality, healthcare, automotive, construction, gaming and retail. Sue has significant experience representing Tier I and Tier II automotive suppliers, and has been involved in all of the major automotive bankruptcy proceedings in the past 15 years. Sue also regularly represents physicians in the negotiation of employment contracts with private practices, hospital and managed care organizations.

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. 1979 cum laude
  • Alma College B.A. 1971

Admitted

  • Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
    Faculty Member, Consumer Bankruptcy Association Trial Advocacy Program and Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Bay County Bar Association
    Executive Board

Experience

  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the Michigan Gaming Control Board in the Greektown Casino cases.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan in the City of Detroit Chapter  9 bankruptcy case.
  • Represented clients in bankruptcy courts across the country.
  • Mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Represented automotive suppliers and customers in bankruptcy cases in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Delaware, Minnesota, North Carolina, Missouri, Texas and Illinois.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America and a Super Lawyer since 2006
  • 2010 top 50 women Super Lawyers for the State of Michigan
  • Inducted as Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, 2015
  • 2016 Federal Bar Association Barbara J. Rom Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy in 2016
  • Recognized as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2017 "Women in the Law"

Publications

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
    Co-chair, Educational Program Central States Regional Conference (2003-04); Advisory Board, Central States Regional Conference (2000 until 2012)
  • Commercial Law League of America (CLLA)
  • United State Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Mediation Panel

Community Affiliations

  • McLaren Bay Medical Foundation
    Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Bay County Women's Center
    Board of Directors (2007-Present)
    Finance Committee (2014-Present)
  • The Bay Area Community Foundation
    Women's Philanthropy Circle (2011-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Bankruptcy Seminar, "Lenders' Claims, Under Make-Whole Provisions"
  • Federal Bar Association Western Michigan Bankruptcy Section, "New Value Exception
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Bankruptcy Seminar, "Ethics - New Officer/Insider Compensation Issues and Risks"
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, "Key Employee Compensation Outside the Ordinary Course of Business and the Bankruptcy Code Prior to and After the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act”
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, "Tooling in Troubled Times"
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 9th Annual Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, "The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 11"
  • Federal Bar Association Western Michigan Bankruptcy Section, "Alternative Dispute Resolution"
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Bankruptcy Seminar, “Distressed Farm Operations – Chapter 12 vs. Chapter 11”
  • Federal Bar Association Western Michigan Bankruptcy Section Seminar, “Intersection of State Court Foreclosures/Receivership and Bankruptcy”
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Bankruptcy Seminar, “Farm/Agribusiness – Distressed farm operations, Chapter 12 vs. Chapter 11”
  • Federal Bar Association Western Bankruptcy Seminar, “Receiverships & Bankruptcy”

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