Walter A. Metzen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Detroit, MI

Law Offices of Walter Metzen & Associates
 | 645 Griswold Street, Suite 3156
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 800-635-1595
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
Attorney Profile

As founder of the Law Offices of Walter Metzen & Associates, Walter A. Metzen is committed to representing clients in Detroit, Michigan, and the surrounding area, as well as in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties. He focuses his practice on handling cases that involve consumer bankruptcy.*

In 1987, Mr. Metzen received a Bachelor of Science in criminalistics and forensic science from Michigan State University. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he was ranked first in his class. As a law student, Mr. Metzen was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award twice for earning the highest grades in his civil procedure course and his torts course.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Metzen has been finding solutions for people facing serious financial challenges. Whether he is representing a small business or an individual, he treats his clients with personalized attention and compassion for their situation. With a deep understanding of the state's Bankruptcy Code, Mr. Metzen has been able to help thousands of clients secure a fresh start.

For his achievements, Mr. Metzen holds an Avvo "Superb" rating and he has earned the rating of BV Distinguished** from Martindale-Hubbell. He is certified in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Metzen holds memberships with the American Bar Association, the Consumer Bankruptcy Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the State Bar of Michigan. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

*Mr. Metzen is a debt relief agent. He helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

** AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Bankruptcy (100%)

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

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About Walter Metzen

Admitted: 1992, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.detroitbankruptcylawyer.com/about-us/attorneys/wa...

Honors and Awards:

  • Michigan Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy, 2013
  • Michigan Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy, 2012
  • Excellent rating by AVVO
  • State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Torts
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure
  • Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Detroit School of Law
  • Dean's List all terms of attendance in Law School
  • Michigan Jurisprudence Award (Book awards-Torts, Civil Procedure, Insurance Law)
  • Michigan Higher Education Award for Academic Excellence

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy as certified by the American Board of Certification, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Debtor's Bar Association of Detroit Michigan
  • The American Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar
  • State of Michigan Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Detroit 9th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2013 1.00 Hr. Topic: Proper Disclosure: Pre-petition and Post-petition Assets
  • Contributing Speaker, The Inn at St. John's Plymouth, Michigan: Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice: Avoiding Conflicts, Problems and Malpractice
  • Contributing Speaker, Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute's 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, April 1, 2011

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics/Forensic Science, 1987
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner: Various Consumer Bankruptcy Topics: UPDATE: IRS vs. CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEES * ISSUES PERTAINING TO TAX REFUNDS SUBJECT TO GARNISHMENT, INCLUDING: THE ARNOLD CASE, AUTOMATIC STAY ISSUES, THE NOVATION THEORY, ACC. Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute's 3rd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, May 11th, 2012, The Inn at St. John's Plymouth, Michigan, 6.0 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2012 Detroit 8th AVOIDING LIENS AND MORE. January 28th, 2010, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Detroit 9th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2013 7.00 Hrs
  • CBA Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Model Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan 3.0 Meeting, June 20th, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm., Royal Oak MI 3.0 CLE Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2013 Central States 20th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI-June 13 through 16th 2013-9.0 CLE Credit Hrs
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Bankruptcy Section Consumer Bankruptcy Forum on Undisclosed Assets, Undervalued Assets and Compromises of Objections to Discharge. April 12, 2013, Westin Hotel, Southfield, MI. 2.0 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar Student Loans: Bankruptcy May Not Have the Answer – but Does Congress? Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT. 1.25 Hrs
  • Al Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 12, 2012 6.00 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2011 Detroit 7th Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2011 6.00 Hrs
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute's 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute: Updates, Strategies and Judicial Insights, April 1, 2011, The Inn at St. John's Plymouth, Michigan, 6.0 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2010 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Sterling Heights MI, Best Western Sterling Inn, November 11, 2010 6.25 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2010 Central States 17th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI-June 18 through 20th 2010-10.8 CLE Credit Hrs
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association & The Institute of Continuing Legal Educations Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, April 19, 2010, The Inn at St. John's Plymouth, Michigan, Recent Developments in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy 6.0 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2009 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Dearborn MI, Hyatt Regency Dearborn, November 11, 2009 6.25 Hrs
  • United States District Court-Eastern District of Michigan, Foreclosure Prevention Training, October 29, 2009, Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 115, Detroit MI 48226 6.5 Hrs
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner: Views from the Bench of Eastern District of Michigan September 24, 2009, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • 21st Annual Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Seminar, July 23rd thru July 25th, 2009, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville MI 6.00 Hrs
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Seminar Dinner, LIEN STRIPPING IN CHAPTER 13 CASES, April 2, 2009, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2008 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit Marriott Troy, November 11, 2008 5.5 Hrs
  • State Bar of Michigan, Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice Seminar, Lansing MI, November 5th, 2008, 7 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2008 Central States 15th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 12 through 15th 2008-10.8 CLE Credit Hrs
  • Bench and Bar Seminar on the New Eastern District of Michigan Local Bankruptcy Rules presented by EDM Judges, April 11, 2008, Trott Financial Center, 31440 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills MI 48334, Consumer Section, 1 Hr. 45 minutes
  • 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, February 28th and 29th, 2008, 4 Hrs
  • FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION DETROIT CHAPTER – BANKRUPTCY SECTION AND CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY ASSOCIATION, BANKRUPTCY TRIAL ADVOCACY WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 28-29, 2008, U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT AND U.S. COURTHOUSE Room 115 in the U.S. Courthouse
  • Financial Issues in Commercial Litigation & Business Bankruptcies: Using Evidence and Expert Witnesses in Business Bankruptcy Proceedings, First Floor Multi-purpose room Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, Federal Bar Seminar, Detroit MI. February 6th, 2008, 4 hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2007 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Detroit Marriott Troy, November 12, 20078 6.5 Hrs
  • 3rd Annual Walter Shapero Bankruptcy Symposium with Featured Speaker Professor Scott Norberg, October 17, 2007, Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield MI. 45 hour
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2007 Central States 14th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 7 through 10th 2007-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs
  • BAPCPA One Year Later A Columbus Day Seminar, Sheraton Novi Hotel, October 9, 2006 7 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2006 Central States 13th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 15-18th 2006-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs
  • 2nd Annual Walter Shapero Bankruptcy Symposium with Featured Speaker Professor Margaret Howard from Washington & Lee University School of Law, September 7, 2006. 1.0 Hr
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2006 Central States 13th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 16-19th 2006-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute Detroit Bankruptcy Conference "Practice Under the New Bankruptcy Law", Sheraton Hotel, Novi Michigan, November 10-11th, 2005, 7.0 Hrs
  • Best Case Bankruptcy Class on Means Test-Sheraton Hotel, Novi Michigan, November 11th, 2005, 5 Hr
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Group Presentations: Valuations and Exemptions Group, Credit Counseling, Documentation and Reporting Group, Pre-Petition Credit Counseling Group: Discharge and Dismissal Group, Reaffirmation Issues Group: Co-Presenter Means Test Group: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, October 11th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 3.0 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Group Presentations: Domestic Support Obligations Group, Automatic Stay Group, Chapter 13 Issues/Plan Modifications/Model Plan Group: Adequate Protection Group, Local Rules/Case Law Monitoring: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, September 27th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 2.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: NACTT National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Video Presentation: BAPCPA, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, September 20th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • New Code Consumer Bankruptcy Association Meeting: Are you a Debt Relief Agency? Chief Judge Steven W. Rhodes, August 25th, 2005, 215 S. Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067. 1.5 Hrs
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), Fighting Back: Helping Debtors Survive the New Bankruptcy Law, A Bankruptcy Practice Workshop, July 29th 30th, 2005, Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago IL.-13.5 Hrs
  • Best Case Bankruptcy Reform Update-Chicago Marriott, Chicago IL, July 28th, 2005, 1 Hr
  • Understanding the New Bankruptcy Reform Act: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know-ICLE (Institute for Continuing Legal Education), MSU Management Education Center, Troy MI, July 26th, 2005-5.25 Hrs
  • Understanding the Radical Bankruptcy Code Changes: Consumer Bankruptcy Under the New Code: Commercial Law League of America and its Bankruptcy Section Fund (Telephonically recorded), June 23, 2005-2 Hrs
  • ABI American Bankruptcy Institute 2005 Central States 12th Annual Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 16-19th 2004-8.5 CLE Credit Hrs
  • New Bankruptcy Code Seminar, Cobo Center Detroit, MI June 3, 2005, 1:00pm to 4:00pm -4 Hrs
  • Raising The Bar On USBC Professionalism. Oakland Mediation Center, July 30th, 2004-4 Hrs
  • Consumer Bar Association: Ultimate Introductory Bankruptcy Seminar, June 11, 2004-4.25 Hrs
  • ABI 2004 Central States 10th Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2004-8.25 CLE Hrs
  • Bankruptcy Mortgage Financing/Refinance Out of Chapter 13-Vision Mortgage Workshop, 4-30-04m 2 Hrs
  • Oakland Mediation Centers CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, Jan. Feb. 2004. 8 Hrs. (Non CLE)
  • ABI 2003 Central States 10th Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2003-8.25 CLE Hrs
  • FAMILY LAW ISSUES IN CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY SEMINAR: April 23, 2003. 1.5 hours
  • LAW 314 SEC. 75-Winter Semester January 2003 to May 2003: Course Title DEBTOR-CREDITOR 45 Hours
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association-CBA, Michigan Public Act 123, November 13,2002-2 Hrs
  • ABI 2002 Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2002-8.75 Hrs
  • NACBA-National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Tenth Annual Convention/Seminar, April 26-28, 2002, Las Vegas NV.-11 CLE Hrs
  • Local Bankruptcy Seminar, Consumer Bankruptcy Association 2002 Seminar, Troy MI- March 2002-5.7 Hrs
  • National Business Institute Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Michigan, Southfield, MI.-October, 2001-7 Hrs
  • National Business Institute Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Michigan, Southfield, MI.-October, 2000-7 Hrs
  • ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI-June 2000-8.75 Hrs
  • Chapter 13 Seminar, Consumer Bankruptcy Association and Office of the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee-Detroit, Troy MI- September 1999-7 Hrs
  • ABI 6th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI- June 1999-12 Hrs
  • Bankruptcy Practice 1999 Seminar, PESI Inc., Novi MI, April 1999-7 Hrs.
  • New Local Bankruptcy Rules Seminar, Oakland County Bar Association, Birmingham MI, September, 1998-3.5 Hrs
  • ABI 5th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI- June 1998-12 Hrs
  • Bankruptcy Practice 1998 Seminar, PESI Inc., Novi MI, May 1998-7 Hrs.
  • ABI Fourth Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City MI, June 1997-12 Hrs
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645 Griswold Street
Suite 3156
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 800-635-1595

 

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Last Updated: 5/11/2017

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