Ralph E. McDowell - Bodman PLC

Ralph E. McDowell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Mr. McDowell assists clients primarily in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, debtors’ and creditors’ rights and workouts. He has represented the interests of banks and other financial institutions in pre-bankruptcy workout situations, commercial bankruptcy cases and troubled credit situations. His work with banks and financial institutions includes representation in court proceedings, sale of debt transactions, foreclosures, liquidation of assets and forbearance arrangements.

Mr. McDowell also represents numerous clients in the automotive manufacturing industry. He represents those clients in bankruptcy and troubled supplier situations.

Mr. McDowell also represents trustees, creditors’ committees, non-bank creditors and various debtors in all aspects of numerous bankruptcy cases and debtor-creditor disputes. As a result of his expertise, Mr. McDowell assists the Firm’s loan origination attorneys in structuring and documenting complicated loan transactions. In addition, Mr. McDowell represents the interests of parties in the purchase of assets from trustees, receivers, debtors in possession and from troubled companies.

Mr. McDowell is chairman of the Firm's Executive Committee.  In addition to being listed in The Best Lawyers in America, he is listed in Chambers USA (Band 1, Banking & Finance-Bankruptcy) and in Michigan Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Michigan. Mr. McDowell is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

University of Detroit MercyJ.D. 1986Kalamazoo CollegeBA 1983

Client Comments

"Ralph McDowell is clearly a top insolvency lawyer nationwide. I would rely on him in any workout situation."

-James Embree
Senior Vice President
Comerica Bank

"Ralph McDowell is excellent at the negotiating table and in court. He knows his client's business issues inside and out. He provides wise balanced counsel and is very much in control in a crisis."

-James Embree
Senior Vice President
Comerica Bank

"Ralph McDowell is an excellent attorney and person of great integrity. He is unflappable and fun to work with. He is incredibly responsive and practical, providing solutions that are workable, not theoretical. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation."

Office Location

Ford Field, Sixth Floor
1901 Saint Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law of the Detroit Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Detroit Metro Area
Ralph E. McDowell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Ralph E. McDowell has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Banking, Chapter 12, Commercial, Creditors' Rights, Finance, Foreclosures, Liquidations, Out-of-Court Workouts, Real Estate, Workouts and Restructurings)
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Litigation - Bankruptcy

Other Information

Gender: Male