Joel D. Applebaum is co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals, and general commercial law.
Joel has broad experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, customers, trade vendors, purchasers of distressed assets, liquidating agents and trustees, among other parties in interest, in Michigan and in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States and in all industries and business types.
A member of the Michigan, New York, Washington and Federal Bar Associations, Joel also is a past co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Creditors’ Rights Committee.
He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights topics for various continuing legal education organizations and the Wayne Law Review, and is a co-author of the chapter on creditors’ committees for the multi-volume bankruptcy treatise entitled “Chapter 11 Theory and Practice: A Guide to Reorganization,” published by LRP Publications.
Joel is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals, and was selected as a leading attorney in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights by Best Lawyers in America (2011 through present), Michigan Super Lawyers (2007 through present), and dBusiness magazine (2009 through present).
Joel received his J.D., with honors, from Wayne State University Law School in 1983, and his B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University in 1979, after completing a two-year study term at the Ohr Somayach College of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.
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