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Attorney Walter Metzen, the principal bankruptcy attorney here at Detroit Bankruptcy, has over 10 years experience in consumer bankruptcy law, and has helped thousands of Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan residents get a fresh financial start. All associate attorneys have also successfully assisted thousands of clients with their bankruptcy filings. We maintain close communication with our clients by being readily available in person (walk-in times everyday), by telephone by fax and by email. We are not the largest law firm in Detroit. We are not the largest bankruptcy law firm in Michigan, nor do we want to be. What we do have is a dedicated, experienced staff that will provide you with attentive, personalized service. We do not believe that bigger is necessarily better. The attorneys at Detroit Bankruptcy strive to know the law and know the Bankruptcy Court system. We study the Bankruptcy Code, the Bankruptcy rules and the Local Bankruptcy Rules for the Eastern District of Michigan. We know the Bankruptcy Judges the Chapter 7 Trustee's and the Chapter 13 Trustee's. We know the other local bankruptcy attorneys and we can guide you through any bankruptcy proceeding. All attorneys at Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyers PLLC stay current in the latest developments in all our areas of practice and frequently attend seminars, bankruptcy conferences and workshops to maintain the highest level of bankruptcy law counseling as possible.


Languages spoken: English, German

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 25%
  2. Foreclosure: 25%
  3. Chapter 13: 25%
  4. Chapter 7: 25%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mary Beth Leija

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Metzen is well versed in all aspects of bankruptcy.


    Mary Leija Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Craig S. Schoenherr Sr.

    Walter is a true leader in his field. Always responsive and cooperative. Lives up to the highest degree of ethical conduct.


    Craig Schoenherr Debt collection Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Bankruptcy Law Office of Walter Metzen

645 Griswold Street
Suite 3156 Penobscot Building
Detroit, MI, 48226-4214

Royal Oak Bankruptcy Attorneys

30448 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI, 48073



MIActive And In Good Standing199408/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
20th AnniversaryMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Board Certified in Consumer BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2005
Dean's Scholarship for Academic ExcellenceUniversity of Detroit School of Law1991
Michigan Jurisprudence Award for Insurance LawUniversity of Detroit School of Law1991
Michigan Jurisprudence Award-Civil ProcedureThomas M. Cooley School of Law1990
Book AwardThompson West Publishing1989
Michigan Jurisprudence Award-TortsThomas M. Cooley School of Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal Attorney/OwnerConsumer Bankruptcy Law Offices of Walter Metzen1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Access to Bankruptcy CourtPanel Attorney2011 - Present
American Bankruptcy Board of CertificationBoard Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney2005 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMemberN/A
Consumer Bankruptcy AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
American Bankruptcy InstituteMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Proper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition AssetsAmerican Bankruptcy Institute Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Michigan State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1987
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJuris DoctorStudied toward Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
9th Annual Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy ConferenceProper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition Assets2013
Consumer Bankruptcy Association 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy InstituteEthics in Bankruptcy Practice: Avoiding Conflicts, Problems and Malpractice2011
New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association MeetingBankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act BAPCPA Means Testing: What Does it Mean?2005