Thomas R. Morris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Farmington Hills, MI

Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
 | 32300 Northwestern Highway, Suite 215
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248-539-1330
Fax: 248-539-1355
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (60%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Banking (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Thomas R. Morris is a member in Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C., a Farmington Hills, Michigan, law firm focused on handling bankruptcy, insolvency and various commercial matters for individual, business, local, national and foreign clients. Mr. Morris concentrates on commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy litigation, workouts and creditors' rights. Mr. Morris also provides services and representation for matters involving commercial law, commercial litigation and international transactions.  The practice was formerly located in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Mr. Morris received his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan School of Law in 1986 and is admitted to practice in Michigan state courts, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, is a published author and frequently featured speaker on bankruptcy law at legal seminars. Mr. Morris is also an active member of the Debtor/Creditors Rights Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

*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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (60%)

Real Estate (10%)

Banking (10%)

Business/Corporate (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Thomas Morris

Admitted: 1986, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • National Merit Semifinalist, 1978
  • Martindale-Hubble AV rating.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Michigan, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, Debtor/Creditor Rights Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section Council, 2009-Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Martindale Hubbell "AV" Rating
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium Internship, 1982
  • Schlussel, Lifton, Simon, Rands, Galvin & Jackier, 1986-1990
  • Shefferly, Silverman & Morris, 1990-2003
  • Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C. Member, April 2003-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • A listing of secret liens under Michigan law, commentary and recommendations., Author, In Need of Repair: Secret Personal Property Liens in Michigan, Michigan Business Law Journal, Banking, Law, Lending, Mergers And Acquisitions., 2015
  • "The Michigan Exemptions Initiative", Michigan Business Law Journal, 2011
  • "The History and Future of Michigan Debtor Exemptions", Michigan Business Law Journal, 2010
  • Co-author with Geoffrey L. Silverman, "Representing Small Business Debtors in Bankruptcy", Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan, I.C.L.E., 2009
  • "The Discharge of 'Trustee' Debts: Defining the Term 'Fiduciary Capacity' under Bankruptcy Code section 523(a)(4)", Michigan Business Law Journal, 2008
  • "Judgement Liens Against Real Property: H.B. 4941 Proposes Major Changes", Michigan Real Property Review, 2000
  • Lecturer, Bankruptcy Law at various seminars

Representative Clients:

  • In re Davis, 318 B.R. 119, 319 B.R. 532 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 2005
  • In re Moss, 320 B.R. 143 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 2005
  • In re Made in Detroit, 414 F.3d 576 (6th Cir.), 2005
  • In re Made in Detroit, 299 B.R. 170 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 2003
  • In re Barman, 244 B.R. 896 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 2000
  • In re Barman, 237 B.R. 342 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 1999
  • In re Moses, 225 B.R. 360 (E.D. Mich.), 1998
  • In re Phipps, 1997 W.L. 33377502 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 1997
  • Moses v. Allard, 779 F.Supp. 857 (E.D. Mich.), 1991
  • In re Moses, 132 B.R. 837 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 1990
  • Dery v. United States, 106 B.R. 474 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 1989
  • In re Executive Technology Data Systems, 79 B.R. 276 (Bankr. E.D. Mich.), 1987
  • In re Yacos, 370 B.R. 131 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2007)
  • In re Adkins, 2006 WL 287325 (.E.D. Mich. 2006)
  • In re Big Rapids Mall Associates, 98 F.3d 926 (6th Cir. 1996)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Detroit Free Press International Marathon (finisher, not a contender), 2000
  • Detroit Free Press International Marathon (finisher, not a contender)., 1999

Educational Background:

  • James Madison College, Michigan State University, B.A. in  International Relations, 1982

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Landlords
  • Manufacturing And Others.
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Services
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Office Location for Thomas R. Morris

32300 Northwestern Highway
Suite 215
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone: 248-539-1330

Fax: 248-539-1355

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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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