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Ronald A. Spinner

Senior Attorney

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+1.313.496.7829
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Education

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

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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 is an attorney in our Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. He brings his extensive experience in business to his bankruptcy practice.

Ron develops results-oriented strategies for his clients, and is willing to break new legal ground where necessary to do so. One recent example involved a case where the factoring of invoices was involved. Typically, courts will seek to characterize factoring as either a "true sale" or a lending relationship--with no ground in between. This view usually oversimplifies the parties' relationship and can lead to unnecessary conflict between them.  Ron persuaded the court to analyze the factoring contract at a transactional level and authorize each of the actions contemplated within it. As a result, the factor received strong protections and the debtor was able to demonstrate to its other creditors that it would have a strong source of funding for its bankruptcy case. The result of this creative application of the bankruptcy code was a successful reorganization for the debtor and payment in full for Ron's client. 

Indeed, Ron's ability to deal with novel situations made him a key player in the City of Detroit bankruptcy case, where questions of first impression arose regularly. His ability to navigate the unique aspects of chapter 9 aided (and continues to aid) the City in its recovery.

Ron's specialty is preference defense, also known as "claw back actions," where a debtor seeks to recover money that it previously had paid to its creditors. By resolving these cases out of court and by negotiation, Ron obtains exceptional results for his clients while keeping costs down. Indeed, one client recently asked Ron to defend five such actions for it. Although over $2.4 million was sought by the various debtors, Ron negotiated them all to resolution. Two were resolved for small settlement payments and the remaining three were simply dismissed by the respective debtors for no payment at all. 

Representative Matters

Honors

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

Professional Activities

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

Publications

"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