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Elisabeth M. Von Eitzen

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Biography

Liz Von Eitzen calls herself an "unapologetic" advocate. "I'm honest with the client, well-versed in the law, purposeful in my preparation and tenacious in court," she says. As a member of the firm's Litigation and Restructuring & Insolvency Law Practice Groups, she specializes in creditors' rights cases, bankruptcy matters, real estate litigation and employment litigation.

Education

  • Wayne State University J.D. 2006 cum laude
  • Hope College B.B.A. 2003 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2006, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    Bankruptcy Section (Western District of Michigan), Steering Committee Member
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Kalamazoo Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2013-Present
  • Graduated with Honors from Hope College, 2003
  • Graduated with Honors from Wayne State University Law School, 2006
  • Order of the Coif, Wayne State University Law School
  • National Team Moot Court Member, Wayne State University Law School
     

Experience

  • Represents financial institutions, including Chemical Bank, GreenStone Farm Credit Services and Fifth Third Bank in negotiating and drafting loan documents, forbearance agreements, loan restructurings, enforcing loan agreements through litigation and foreclosure proceedings and post-judgment collection efforts
  • Defends financial institutions in lender liability and contested foreclosure claims
  • Assists creditors in commercial and consumer bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13, including obtaining lifts of stay or reaffirmation agreements, prosecuting and defending fraudulent transfer, preference, and other avoidance actions, advising on 363 sales, securing adequate protection, and representing creditors in adversary proceedings
  • Represents trustees in commercial and consumer bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 7
  • Real estate litigation experience includes judicial foreclosure actions, title policy claims, litigating cases involving fraudulent transfers, landlord-tenant matters, and receiverships (including representing receivers as well as assisting creditors in obtaining the appointment of commercial and residential receivers)
  • Counsel for Moore Sales Corporation obtaining summary judgment on employee’s breach of contract claim for lost bonuses, reported at 2013 WL 6511862 (E.D. Mich. December 12, 2013)
  • Won summary disposition for banking institution on an employee’s claim for unpaid commissions
  • Represented Fifth Third Bank to obtain summary disposition in defense of a breach of fiduciary duties case
  • As co-counsel for DSM Pharma Chemical North America, Inc., obtained a no-cause jury verdict in breach of contract case, affirmed 452 Fed. Appx. 677 (6th Cir. 2011)
  • Co-counsel for receiver to obtain jury verdict in excess of $1 million for Uniform Commercial Code breach of contract case

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Turnaround Management Association, West Michigan Chapter
    Programming Committee, Chair (2016-Present); West Michigan Chapter Board, Member (2015-Present)
  • NextGen Committee, Chair (2016)
  • Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section (Western District of Michigan), Steering Committee Member
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance

Community Affiliations

  • YWCA Member
    YWCA representative on the Women's Education Coalition Advisory Committee
  • Grand Rapids City High School
    Co-teach Mock Trial Course (2010-11)
  • Grand Rapids Central High School
    Coach, Mock Trial Team (2006-07)

Speaking Engagements

  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Norcross Seminar, September 30, 2015, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • “Special Chapter 7 Asset Issues,” 27th Annual FBA (Western District of Michigan) Bankruptcy Section Seminar, July 31, 2015
  • "Life Cycle of a Loan," on-line webinar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, July 27, 2015
  • “Overhaul on Michigan’s New Garnishment Statute,” Employers Association of West Michigan, June 23, 2015
  • "EEO Cracking Down on Discrimination," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, October 23, 2014, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • “Where are the Directions? Federal Rules of Procedure/Bankruptcy Specific,” 26th Annual FBA (Western District of Michigan) Bankruptcy Section Seminar, August 1, 2014
  • "Advanced Problems with the FLSA," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, March 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Top Ten Things Employers Should Know About Union Organizing," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Testimonials

"In most people’s lives there will be a time one needs to consult an attorney.  If you find yourself or your family in this situation I strongly suggest you contact Elisabeth Von Eitzen (Liz) for assistance.  What you will find is Liz wants to be there for you and to resolve the issue in a fast, fair and economical way. I have personally experienced her fairness and interest but believe me she will not back down if she and you are right.  I was a business owner for 35 years in the Kalamazoo area before retiring and wish I had met Liz and her firm sooner." — Terry L. Stewart
 
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“I have had the pleasure of working with Elisabeth Von Eitzen on multiple cases in the past few years, ranging from creditors’ rights litigation to representing the bank in bankruptcy proceedings. She has handled every case efficiently and successfully, resulting in favorable outcomes for our bank. Liz has become more than just an attorney – she has become a strategic advisor for many aspects of our business, helping us to work out issues and streamline processes to ensure we are in regulatory compliance. Liz takes the partner approach with us and always keeps us informed throughout the legal process. The quality of work Liz provides is highly valued and I couldn’t be more pleased with the astounding level of service, professionalism and results that Liz delivers on a consistent basis.” Collections department supervisor at a Michigan bank
 
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“The service Liz provides is top quality – from the initial request for information to the completion of a case. She is an active listener, understands our unique legal issues, provides accurate and sound advice when requested and thinks outside the box to get us the best results possible. I am proud to have Liz represent us with our legal issues. The process is always fun, outstanding – and yes, I dare say perfect.” — Bankruptcy specialist at a large financial institution
 
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"What I like about working with Warner Norcross & Judd is that I do not have to worry about minute details. I can rely on them to handle the details and I appreciate their explanations in laymen’s terms. Additionally I recognize their integrity for always wanting to do what is best for the client." – Frank Rinderspacher, General Manager, Hark Orchids
 
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"Warner Norcross executed their role extremely well and helped Midwest achieve ALL of our Court-stipulated objectives, with the added benefit of being able to salvage the business itself and return a significant profit to the principals at the sale closing.

"By hindsight, I'm not certain that we could have completed this project without the inspired assistance of Warner Norcross.  And if so, certainly not as quickly or as effectively as we did with their assistance.  As a result, I would recommend Warner Norcross to anyone in a similar management or ownership role facing multiple complex and/or competing challenges without qualification!" - Rick DeKam, CCIM, Principal, Midwest Realty Group

 

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