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Detroit Lawyer Magazine, February 2018, features William Blasses

January 18, 2018

Kerr Russell's William Blasses, associate, is named as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers, Class of 2017."

You can read the full magazine here. Kerr Russell was the focus of Detroit Lawyer's December 2016-January 2017 issue, which you can view here.

True to its roots as the oldest bar association in Michigan and one of the three oldest in the country, the Detroit Bar Association serves Detroit’s legal community through networking, practice development and community service.  Members of all ages and experiences continue Detroit’s tradition of the ethical, successful practice of law and fair administration of justice. Events include: Jingle Mingle, Pins ‘n’ Pinstripes, School Partnership Program, Celebrating Our Diverse Bar, Barristers Spring Bash, Raising the Bar Annual Dinner, Summer Breeze,  Inn of Court, and Archer Awards. As former president George Roumell declared upon receiving the organization's inaugural Frank Murphy Award at the 175th annual meeting, Raising the Bar, “When God asks at the pearly gates what I have to say for myself, I will proudly tell him I was a Detroit lawyer!”

Bill Blasses focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and general litigation. He has substantial experience representing individual and business debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings, contested matters, adversary proceedings and bankruptcy appeals. Bill also has experience representing business owners in commercial litigation and related issues in state and federal courts as well as before administrative law judges. 

Bill approaches each case with the mentality that complex problems require comprehensive solutions. In connection with bankruptcy and restructuring cases, he has represented businesses in connection with union issues, NLRB proceedings, asset sales, debt negotiation, workouts, receiverships, alter ego and successor liability, zoning, insurance, asset sales, commercial lease and tax issues. He has represented high income individuals in connection with out of court negotiations and bankruptcy proceedings, including asset protection, risk analysis, eligibility litigation and defense against dischargeability actions. On behalf of trustees, he has identified concealed assets, litigated causes of action and conducted asset sales. On behalf of creditors and other parties, he has defended preference and fraudulent transfer actions, uncovered hidden assets and obtained agreements and judgments for the non-dischargeability of debt. His experience on all sides of the table allows him to prepare comprehensive strategies for any issues that may arise.

Bill also asserts the same comprehensive approach to civil litigation. Although the issues may be narrower, the combination of thorough preparation and attention to detail put a client in the position to obtain the best possible settlement or judgment.  Bill has experience representing businesses and individuals in a variety of proceedings before state, federal and administrative law judges involving real estate, tax, insurance, zoning, contract, construction and collection issues.

Bill has also been named to the Michigan "Rising Stars" list by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, and to Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers." (Download the article covering his recognition here.)

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