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I take pride in helping local businesses succeed.  In my practice, I assist in structuring business organizations and joint ventures, negotiating and drafting contracts to protect my clients' interests, litigate in court to advocate for my clients' rights, and assist my clients in workouts with lenders and other creditors with the goal of returning their business to financial health. I have worked for clients ranging from Global 100 companies to local start-ups. Education: University of Michigan Law School, 2001 - in the top 10% of my graduating class.


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 40%
    15 years
  2. Business: 25%
    15 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    15 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    6 years
  5. Bankruptcy: 10%
    15 years

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  • David H. Fink

    I worked closely with Ryan on a chapter 11 matter. He is both knowledgable and practical, with a strong strategic approach. I strongly recommend him.


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Contact info

Wernette Heilman PLLC

24725 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 110
Southfield, MI, 48034


MIActive And In Good Standing200205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMichigan Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarMichigan Super Lawyers2009
Order of the CoifUniversity of Michigan Law School2001
James and Carol Mack Memorial ScholarshipUniversity of Toledo1998
National Merit ScholarNational Merit Scholarship Corporation1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWolfson Bolton, PLLC2012 - Present
PartnerSchafer and Weiner, PLLC2002 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary ClubMember2013 - Present
George Crockett AcademyVice President and Board Member2013 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2004 - Present
State Bar of MichiganCommittee Member2002 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Delta Engineered Plastics, LLC v. Autolign Mfg. Group, Inc., 28 Mich App 115Clients' molders' liens were upheld by the Court of Appeals. Obtained judgment for the value of the molds (several hundred thousand dollars).
Greektown Casino Chapter 11 BankruptcyConfirmed a consensual plan of reorganization and restructured over $500 million in debt.
Blue Water AutomotiveObtained a distribution for unsecured creditors in an automotive liquidation case.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Turnaround Management AssociationCo-Author, Auto Industry Changes Threaten Delicately Balanced System2009
The Michigan Business Law Journal"Swords and Shields - Prepayment Premiums In and Out of Bankruptcy,"2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of ToledoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dealing with Distressed Properties, Part III – The Lawyer’s Guide to Negotiating/Renegotiating Commercial LeasesDistressed Real Property2013
Chapter 7 ConferenceChapter 7 bankruptcy cases2005
Business specific presentationsBankruptcy related issuesN/A