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Charles J. Schneider

also known as Charlie Schneider

About me

Mr. Schneider maintains his law practice at the Law Office of Charles J. Schneider, P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, where he has worked exclusively in the field of consumer bankruptcy since 1984. He manages an exclusive practice averaging 30 chapter 7 and chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases per month. Mr. Schneider has been certified and re-certified in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute since 1995. Mr. Schneider received his B.A. and his J.D. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Schneider is a member of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT); the Detroit, Livonia, and Oakland County Bar Associations; Consumer Bankruptcy Association; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys; and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). He has participated as a contributor, speaker, and panelist on ABI, NACTT, ICLE and One Path Practice Management Advisors panels regarding the representation of debtors in bankruptcy cases. Mr. Schneider is a contributing author to ICLE's "Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies."  He is also a contributing author to the Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Inside the Minds Series publications "Best Practices for Chapter 13: The Cases, Clients and Challenges Of Filing A Chapter 13: A Forward Looking Approach" and "Strategies For Consumer Bankruptcy Appeals: The Nuances Of The Consumer Bankruptcy Appeal Process." He has a peer review rating of AV in bankruptcy by Martindale-Hubbell since 2010. He was selected by Thomson Reuters as a Michigan Superlawyer from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 he was awarded the Member of the Year Award for Jurisprudence by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association of Detroit. Mr. Schneider is a previous U.S. National Fencing Champion and a former member of five U.S. National Fencing Teams representing the United States at the World Championships in Epee Fencing. 


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 54%
  2. Chapter 7: 30%
    39 years, 5.88 thousand cases
  3. Chapter 13: 15%
    39 years, 3.65 thousand cases
  4. Chapter 11: 1%
    39 years, 12 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have been impressed with the way Charles has fought for his clients against the Trustee. Few Bankruptcy attorneys are willing to rock the boat. Frank J. Kokenakes


    Frank Kokenakes Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Nora Lee Wright

    I endorse this lawyer. Charles has demonstrated a keen interest in bankruptcy law and practice. He has taken the time and effort to extensively study the law and become a Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist. He cares about his clients and keeps their best interests at the forefront of his practice. He maintains the highest ethical standards for himself and demands the same of all lawyers. Charles was a contributing author to the publication, "Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan". This book is a must have for any attorney representing clients filing bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Judges in Michigan hold him in the highest esteem and often seek his input on bankruptcy issues.


    Nora Wright Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Charles Schneider, P.C.

39319 Plymouth Rd
Suite 1
Livonia, MI, 48150-1059


MIActive And In Good Standing197708/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Consumer Bankruptcy Certification since 1995American Board of Cerfication2016
Leading Michigan LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2016
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Peer Review Rating Judicial EditionMartindale-Hubbell2016
Member of the Year for JurisprudenceConsumer Bankruptcy Association of Detroit2015
Michigan SuperlawyerThomson Reuters2015
Pro Bono Service Recognition AwardUS Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Leading Micihigan LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Michigan SuperlawyerThomson Reuters2014
Leading Michigan LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Michigan SuperlawyerThomson Reuters2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Michigan Super LawyerThomson Reuters2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Michigan Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
Pro Bono Service Recognition AwardUS Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Pro Bono Service Recogntion AwardUS Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan2009
Pro Bono Service Recognition AwardUS Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan2007
Pro Bono Service Recognition AwardUS District Court Eastern District of Michigan2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCharles Schneider, P.C.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Supreme Court of the United StatesMember2011 - Present
Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy AssociationBoard of Directors - Member2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of MichiganMember2007 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitMember2004 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Livonia Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1991 - Present
National Association of Chapter 13 TrusteesAssociate Member1991 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1984 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of MichiganMember1978 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1977 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baud v. Carroll, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 2182 (6th Cir. Mich. 2011)Reversed
In re Wilson, Case No. 10-45791 (Bankr. E.D. Mi 2010)Debtor was permited to file the proof of claim on behalf of the state to deal with the income tax debt.
In re Senczyszyn, 426 B.R. 250 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2010)The court overruled the objection filed by the State of Michigan to the proof of claim filed by the debtors in the amount of $ 1,900 thus preventing the State from denying the debtor protection from collection of the tax debt.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Wayne State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts with Distinction1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
20th Annual Central States Bankruptcy WorkshopThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Pre-Filing Ethics in Chapter 13 and Chapter 72013
3rd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy InstitutePost Confirmation Strategies2012
Detroit 7th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy ConferenceAppeals: The Nuts & Bolts2011
Consumer Bankruptcy InstituteProof of Claims in Bankruptcy; To Allow or Not To Allow That Is The Question2010
Consumer Bankruptcy 101 - Building a Successful Chapter 13 PracticeInstruction on the basics of representing debtors in chapter 13 cases as it pertains to Michigan practitioners2010
Basic Litigation in Bankruptcy Court: Part 3 of ICLE's Bankruptcy Certificate SeriesWithdrawal and Abstention In Bankruptcy2010
15th Annual Central States Bankruptcy WorkshopChapter13 This Way, That Way, Which Way?-Discussion of the treatment of car loans in chapter 13 cases2008
"Nuts & Bolts" Approach SeminarConfirmation issues in Chapter 13 cases2007
BAPCPA One Year Later A Columbus Day SeminarBankuptcy ethics2006
N.A.C.T.T. 40th Annual SeminarBest Debtor's Attorneys Practice under the BAPCPA2005
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: An Overview for the Bankruptcy and Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner910 day car loans and the hanging paragraph2005
N.A.C.T.T. 35th Annual SeminarAssignment of Claims2000
N.A.C.T.T. 31st Annual SeminarEthics, Adequate Protection and Fair Market Value Issues1996
N.A.C.T.T. 27th Annual SeminarTreatment of Student Loans in Chapter 13 cases1992
Chapter 13 Seminar re: 21st Century Debtor PracticeDiscussion of the use of computer technology in Bankruptcy law practice1991