University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2009
New York University, Stern School of Business, M.B.A. 1997
Rutgers University, M.S. 1991, B.A. 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Western District of Michigan
- Northern District of Illinois
Ron Spinner brings extensive business experience to bear on bankruptcy cases.
His skill as a researcher, coupled with a practical understanding of client needs, enables him to quickly focus in on and resolve matters for his clients.
Miller Canfield served as local counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts. Since exit in December 2014, Miller Canfield has continued to represent the City in connection with many aspects of its Plan of Adjustment implementation, appeals of Plan confirmation, stand up of the Great Lakes Water Authority and a variety of financings.
Represented an energy company that leased significant natural gas rights to another energy company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At stake was almost $2 million in back royalty payments under the lease. The court held that under Michigan law the oil and gas lease was indeed a lease under the Bankruptcy Code, entitling the client to all past due royalty payments before the debtor could continue extracting natural gas.
Two related clients brought Ron five preference actions to defend, with just over $2.4 million in claims alleged after the various trustees deemed they would allow. Ron analyzed the cases and negotiated each to settlement or dismissal, without trial (and often without a formal answer having to be filed). This kept client expenditures, inclusive of fees and settlement payments, minimal.
In a bankruptcy case involving a regional home supply chain headquartered in Texas, Ron was given the role of investigating and prosecuting preference actions on behalf of the debtors. Recoveries on unsecured claims were initially estimated to yield 45-55 cents on the dollar. Ron investigated several hundred claims to select only those with likely recoveries, sent demand letters, and ultimately filed approximately 70 complaints. Ron negotiated settlements with each creditor, so that unsecured recoveries rose 50% (to approximately 75 cents on the dollar) without requiring a single creditor to waste resources on a trial.
Represented a credit insurer in a bankruptcy case involving a large trucking firm. The bankruptcy trustee mishandled a clawback suit and the court sanctioned the trustee by dismissing the case and depriving the estate of potentially millions of dollars in recoveries. The trustee declined to investigate the possibility of there being a malpractice claim against his law firm for the loss. Miller Canfield convinced the Bankruptcy Court that the trustee could not investigate his own legal liability and that he should be replaced as trustee.
University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude; Dean's Scholarship; Certificates of Merit - Contracts, Secured Transactions; Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Article Editor
New York University, Stern School of Business, Marketing; Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Rutgers University, Computer Science; Academic Fellowship; Presidential Scholarship; Departmental Honors
State Bar of Michigan
American Constitution Society for Law and Public Policy (ACS), University of Michigan Chapter, Board Member, 2007-2009; Logistics Coordinator for Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition, 2009
"Were Those Rents Assigned? Absolutely!" Co-Authored with Marc Swanson, ABI Journal, July 2016
"Controlling Exposure in Preference Actions," Co-Authored with Steven Roach, Journal of Corporate Renewal, March 2016