• Juris Doctor, cum laude, Wayne State University Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, University of Michigan
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. George C. Steeh, U.S District Court, E.D. MI
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. MI
  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2017-2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, E.D. MI Chapter, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Dean R. Nelson Jr.


Dean focuses his practice on bankruptcy/insolvency matters, general business representation, real estate transactions, and business litigation.  In many instances, these areas of practice intersect, giving Dean a unique perspective and range of expertise to meet the needs of his clients.   Specifically, Dean has more than 15 years of experience and has demonstrated success in and out of the courtroom in the following areas:

Representation of Debtors, Creditors, and Bankruptcy Trustees in bankruptcy case

Bankruptcy Litigation, including:

  • Dischargeability of debts on behalf of creditor and debtor parties
  • Judgment of divorce obligations within bankruptcy
  • Preference and fraudulent transfer litigation (plaintiff and defense)
  • Bankruptcy appeals to the U.S District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals

Business loan/guaranty workouts and settlements of multi-million dollar transactions

Contract/lease negotiations for corporate clients

Residential real estate sale transactions and litigation

Commercial litigation within the state and federal courts

Business formation and governance

Given this extensive experience, Dean has been invited to be a panelist at numerous continuing legal education seminars where he provides his insight and experience in presentations to other lawyers, judges, and bankruptcy professionals.  Such events include seminars hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association (CBA), and ICLE.  Dean has presented on various bankruptcy topics, including:

Ethics in Bankruptcy (CBA – 2022)

Discharge Issues in Bankruptcy (ICLE - 2021)

Role of Chapter 7 Trustee (ICLE – 2021)

Personal Injury Claims in Bankruptcy (ABI – 2021)

Intersection of Bankruptcy and State laws (CBA 2019)

Ethics in Bankruptcy (ABI – 2016)

Trial Skills Workshop (CBA 2014)

Current Real Property Issues in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (ABI/CBA – 2014)