Learn more about your local bankruptcy and business lawyers in Southfield. We provide assistance to clients who need legal advice in how to rebuild credit for their business, how to handle a bankruptcy, and so much more. Above everything else, we put our clients and their needs. We never treat two cases the same way and always work hard to provide you professional, personalized assistance. Feel free to reach out to anyone on our team today.
Ethan Dunn – Managing Partner
Ethan is the managing partner of MAXWELL DUNN LAW. He has successfully turned around several small businesses and assisted hundreds of individuals fix their personal financial challenges both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition to his bankruptcy and turnaround practice, Ethan guides entrepreneurs through the purchase, sale and merger of businesses and advises small business owners. He is known for finding creative solutions for his clients and helping them resolve internal and external roadblocks so they can achieve their best possible financial outcome.
Ethan currently is as a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Practice Group and as an advisor to the U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders program. He served on the Bankruptcy Rules committee commissioned to re-write the local bankruptcy rules for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also serves on several non-profit boards, including the board of Access to Bankruptcy Court founded by the Hon. Marci B. McIvor.
Ethan is the past-president of the Woodward Village Neighborhood Association and currently serves on the board of Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit. He spends his free time with his wife Meagan and their three sons. He stays active by cycling regularly and playing handball.
Education and Associations:
– University of Detroit Jesuit High School – 1998
– Wayne State University, B.S. Finance – 2003
– Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. – 2006
– National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys – 2008-present
– American Bankruptcy Institute – 2012-present
– Turnaround Management Association – 2014-present
– Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Co-Chair – 2015-present
– Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – 2001-present
– Wolverine Bar Association – 2010-present
– American Bankruptcy Institute – 2012-present
Recognition and Awards:
– SuperLawyers “Rising Star” – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
– “30 In their Thirties”, Michigan Chronicle – 2015
– Ranked 10.0 out of 10.0 on AVVO.com
– Rated Top 1% in Bankruptcy Law Nationally
– Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel – 2016
– Member, Global Who’s Who Law Directory
– Member, American Jurist Institute
Speaking and Publications:
– Speaker, ABI Central States Workshop, “Death and Taxes” – 2016
– Author, “Understanding How Bankruptcy Works: Creating a Plan for Dealing with Unique Financial Challenges” – Maxwell Dunn Law, 2016
– Author, “Detroit Filed For Bankruptcy. What does it mean for me?” – Michigan Chronicle, 2014
– Speaker, Small Business Legal Academy, Detroit Entrepreneur Week – 2015
– Committee Member, revised Local Bankruptcy Rules for the Eastern District of Michigan – 2015
Josh Castmore – Senior Associate
Josh is a senior associate with MAXWELL DUNN LAW. Prior to joining the firm, Josh operated his own firm as a solo practitioner with a general practice. Josh began his career defending homeowners who were facing foreclosure and successfully assisted dozens of individuals in saving their homes from foreclosure during the peak of the financial meltdown. Since his beginnings, Josh’s focus has been on civil litigation representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in various matters.
Josh spends his free time with his wife, Kim, and their five children. In addition, Josh enjoys playing golf and watching his favorite local professional and college sports teams
– Trenton High School – 2003
– Wayne State University, BS, Marketing – 2007
– University of Detroit Mercy, JD (cum laude) – 2012
Kim Clayson – Attorney
Kim Clayson is a bankruptcy and business law attorney who joined Maxwell Dunn after leading her own firm for the last three years. Kim works with businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers to handle legal issues connected to her clients’ financial health and wellbeing. Her client portfolio includes real estate and construction related businesses, retail restaurants and food service and art and design-centered businesses.
In 2020, Kim was appointed by the Department of Justice United States Trustee Program as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee under the Small Business Restructuring Act which became law in February 2020. In this role, Kim is tasked with facilitating debtor and creditor agreements resulting in restructuring plans for business debtors.
Kim’s bankruptcy practice supports consumers and businesses who have faced financial setbacks and have utilized bankruptcy relief for a fresh start. Her business practice is centered around offering customized small business legal advisory support to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in making sound business and legal decisions to prevent financial hardship. Kim’s business experience ranges from negotiating and drafting commercial real estate leases and business contracts to creating product licensing agreements and advising on brand protection, business planning and visioning as well as the many other legal facets of business operations.
Recent professional and community involvement
– Finance Director for the Womens’ Law Association of Michigan Wayne Region
– Member of the Candidate Endorsement Committee, Women’s Law Association of Michigan
– Contributor to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Small Business Bankruptcy education program
– Author of the 2020 edition of the Bankruptcy Causes of Action chapter in the Michigan Causes of Action Formbook, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
– Fall 2019 adjunct professor of Secured Transactions at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
– Written contributor and panelist for American Bankruptcy Institute programs
– Member of the Board of the Economic Development Corporation for the City of Detroit which oversees Detroit’s Motor City Match and Motor City Restore business grant programs
– Member of the Business Law Section Debtor Creditor Rights Committee
– Former Treasurer and Member of the Board of Trustees Detroit Waldorf School
– Former President and Member of the Board of the Villages of Detroit Community Development Corporation
Scott A. Gies – Attorney
Scott A. Gies has been practicing bankruptcy law for over 20 years. He specializes in representing individual and small business Debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy matters, insolvency matters and out of court workouts. He has also represented several Chapter 7 Trustees in the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Gies received a Bachelor of Arts in General Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1993, with Honors. His Juris Doctorate was earned at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1997. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Federal Bar for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Federal Bar for the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Gies is a former board member for the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and has been a guest lecturer at Cooley Law School, the National Business Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Brenda J Maxwell – Emeritus
Brenda has practiced law for more than 30 years and is also licensed to practice in Washington D.C. She maintains an “AV” rating with the Martindale-Hubbell rating service, which is the highest possible attorney rating. Brenda completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University on a Math Scholarship. Brenda also completed a Master’s Degree at Michigan State University in Ed/Psych Research and afterward attended Wayne State University for law school. Brenda retired from full-time legal work in 2017 and now serves as an advisor to the firm.
Her practice areas include:
– Probate and Estate Planning
– Business and Corporate Law
Brenda’s legal career began as house counsel in the banking industry; then litigation at the Defender’s Office for several years before entering into private practice. After being in private practice for many years, Brenda re-entered the public sector and served as Chief Counsel in Wayne County’s Mental Health Division. Over the years, Ms. Maxwell has represented numerous businesses, including churches, non-profit organizations, and for profit companies in a wide variety of industries.
In addition to her law practice, Brenda has served on the board of several non-profit organizations and civic organizations. She is a past commissioner with the American Bar Association, and she served as a Supreme Court Appointee to the Legislative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan. Her civic involvement is extensive and includes organizations such as the Detroit Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, and Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.