Erika D. Hart
Erika practices in the areas of insolvency, estate planning, business and commercial litigation. Erika is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and has annually completed Michigan’s estate planning program through the Institute of Continued Legal Education since 2014.
Her specific niche exists where these areas of practice come together – representing business owners and their struggling enterprise through negotiations and workout with lenders and creditors, business winddown or reorganization, as needed and appropriate – depending on the unique and specific needs of each client. She has represented lawyers, doctors, personal guarantors, real estate companies, manufacturers and small business owners in examining personal and corporate obligations, asset exposure and protection, and resolution. She has successfully and on numerous occasions negotiated resolutions on behalf of her clients with the SBA, large banks, and other types of secured creditors and lessors.
Erika’s estate planning and trust administration practice is a natural complement to her insolvency practice, addressing planning for and administration of the transition of personal and business assets between generations and business partners and the complications that can arise under a variety of circumstances.
Erika routinely practices in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, representing debtors, creditors, and bankruptcy trustees, as well as litigating in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. Erika has successfully appealed to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Erika has been designated a Super Lawyer and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Michigan for the last several years.
Erika completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program.
Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, 2000
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
2014 - 2019 Super Lawyers Excellence in Practice
2013 Crain's Detroit Business's Top Attorneys in Michigan
2013 Super Lawyers Rising Stars