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Gordon J. Toering

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Biography

Gordon Toering focuses his practice in two primary areas: (1) bankruptcy, creditors' rights, collection and insolvency law; and (2) commercial and business law, including drafting and negotiating dealer, distribution and supply contracts and representing clients in connection with related disputes, preparing loan documentation and providing advice in secured transactions. Gord is the chair of the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1991 magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.S.M.E. 1986 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 1992, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Insolvency Law

  • Represented creditors in numerous Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies in bankruptcy courts across the country, including matters pertaining to plans of reorganization, leases and other executory contracts (such as supply contracts), critical vendor issues, reclamation claims, vendor priority claims under Section 503(b)(9) and other related matters
  • Defended and pursued adversary proceedings including numerous preference and fraudulent conveyance claims
  • Representation of Chapter 11 debtors, Unsecured Creditors' Committees, Chapter 7 trustees and court appointed receivers, either individually or as part of WNJ team, including:
    • Representation of clients in Section 363 bankruptcy sales
    • Represented numerous trade vendors in enforcing pre-bankruptcy rights, such as making demands for adequate assurance of performance and termination of supply contracts
    • Represented purchasers of assets in sales under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as collateral surrender agreements
    • Filed construction liens (i.e., mechanics' liens) for material suppliers and contractors; prosecuted and defended numerous construction lien foreclosure cases
  • Pursued and defended judicial foreclosures; also experienced with foreclosure by advertisement and deeds in lieu of foreclosure
  • Experienced in receivership proceedings, including representation of receivers as well as other parties in interest
  • Experienced in representation of clients in connection with dealer relationships, including termination issues and loans to financially troubled dealers
  • Routinely represents creditors in collection cases from small to large amounts, including claims on account, guarantees, secured creditors seeking to recover their collateral by claim and delivery (replevin) actions

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2007-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2011-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor and Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Recipient of Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award for outstanding work in commercial law, corporate law, creditors' rights and securities regulation
  • Recipient of Book Awards in property and in trusts and estates
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society
  • Dean's Honor List

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Christian Legal Society

Speaking Engagements

  • “Best Practices for Addressing Troubled Suppliers and Customers,” OESA 2019 Automotive Supplier Legal Hot Topics, June 13, 2019, Troy, Michigan
  • “Catholic Foundations: Structure Under Civil Law and Protection of Assets,” U.S. Convocation of Catholic Foundations, May 7, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

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