Earle I. Erman is a shareholder who heads up the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Debtor-Creditor Rights Practice Group. Recognized as one of Michigan’s top bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers, Mr. Erman’s practice focuses on debtor-creditor rights and insolvency-related matters in and out of bankruptcy.
Mr. Erman has successfully handled a wide range of creditor-related matters, contract disputes, out-of-court workouts, mediations, receiverships, defense and prosecution of preference and fraudulent transfer actions, representation of debtors, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters.
From 1975 through 1991, Mr. Erman served as a member and bankruptcy trustee of the Panel of United States Trustees for the Eastern District of Michigan. In that capacity, he acted as a liquidating and operating trustee in a broad range of business bankruptcy matters.
With his significant litigation experience in bankruptcy, commercial matters and collections, Mr. Erman possesses particular expertise as a mediator, facilitator and arbitrator in a wide range of contract disputes and has facilitated settlements in many complex commercial cases. Mr. Erman has acted as counsel for receivers and as the receiver on numerous occasions at the request of various institutional parties, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In 2006, 2013 and 2015, Mr. Erman was appointed as a member of the Judicial Selection Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In this role, he made recommendations for the selection of bankruptcy judges for the Eastern District of Michigan. Additionally, Mr. Erman co-chaired the committee in 2013.
Mr. Erman is AV rated in Martindale Hubbell. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy since 1995, recognized in the Michigan edition of Super Lawyers® in the practice areas of business bankruptcy, business litigation and creditor/debtor rights, listed as a 2020 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, Commercial Law, and Mediation, and recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial. Mr. Erman is the recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s 2018 Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence. He is also board certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, 1971
Wayne State University LAW SCHOOL, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1974
Professional Memberships and Bar Admissions
State Bar of Michigan
Member, Debtor/Creditor Rights Sub-Committee of the Real Property Law Section
Federal Bar Association—Detroit Chapter
American Bankruptcy Institute
State Bar of Michigan, admitted 1974
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuit