November 2015
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Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Wallace M. Handler is the 2015 recipient of the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence.

The Award was presented to Mr. Handler at the Rakow Scholarship Awards / Historical Society / Barbara J. Rom Award Luncheon held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. 

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter established the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence.  The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who, like Barbara, have exhibited the highest level of overall excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law.  The criteria for the award, found on the Chapter’s website, are reflective of the qualities Barbara brought to the practice of law, blending competence and civility as a “go-to” attorney in some of the area’s top bankruptcy workouts, insolvency matters, and commercial litigation.   Equally notable was her rarely matched selfless dedication to the community and the Bar as a leader, colleague, mentor and friend. 

Wallace M. Handler has been in practice for over 50 years in the areas of Creditor/Debtor Rights and Bankruptcy. 

He counsels business clients and individuals in financial management of their companies and personal assets.  He represents debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and other interested parties in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings; and advising on the formation and implementation of liquidation, reorganization and recovery plans, both in and out of court.  Mr. Handler is often retained as special counsel on creditors’ rights issues in all types of proceedings. 

Mr. Handler frequently serves a Bankruptcy Mediator in State and Federal Courts and is the founding Co-Chairman of the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and a member of the Bankruptcy Court Committee for revision of Chapter 11 Rules. 

He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Detroit College of Law; a guest lecturer on bankruptcy and a moot court judge at the University of Michigan Law School.  Is a member of the Commercial Law League of America and the American Bankruptcy Institute.  

Mr. Handler has been frequently recognized for legal excellence by his colleagues, peers and clients. Since 1983, he has been continually listed in the Creditors' and Debtors' Rights and Bankruptcy Sections of The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward White, Inc.  He has been awarded the ranking of Michigan “Super Lawyer,” by Thomson Reuters every year since 2006.  Wallace also has been awarded and maintains the Martindale AV rating which is the highest rating available.

To learn more about Wallace M. Handler; Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. and the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence by clicking the link below.