Deborah Rubin

Senior Counsel Detroit (Southfield)


Deborah is an attorney in our Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Commercial Litigation practice groups. She concentrates her practice in all areas of bankruptcy law, including representation of creditors’ committees, corporate debtors, and leasing companies in bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation. She also has significant experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in avoidance litigation, fraud, discharge proceedings, relief from the automatic stay, preferences, collection proceedings, and other insolvency actions. Deborah represents businesses with workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors and provides strategic counsel and creative solutions in all types of bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Deborah has experience with all phases of litigation from inception through resolution, handling matters in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels.


  • Honoree, Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2020)


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

    Member, Law Review
    Member, National Order of Barristers
    Recognized for outstanding performance in legal writing and analysis

  • Oakland University

    B.A., Political Science


  • State - Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Speeches and Publications

  • Speaker, “Collection Activity and Portfolio Performance in a Recessionary Environment,” National Equipment Finance Association 2023 Funding Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, October 5, 2023.
  • Author, “Bankruptcy Chapter 11,” and “Bankruptcy Chapter 13,” Counsel for the Counselor: Practice Tips Handbook, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, September 2001.
  • Speaker, “Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners,” Commercial Law League of America National Convention, May 19, 2022.
  • Speaker, “Basic Bankruptcy From F to C (Filing to Confirmation); A practical Chapter 11 Overview for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner.” Commercial Law League of America Annual Conference, 2019.
  • Speaker, “When a Bankruptcy Case is Filed: How an Agency Can Turn Lemons Into Lemonade,” 2nd Joint Conference of CLLA and IACC, 2017 Mid-Year Conference, Seattle, Washington, July 16, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Basic Bankruptcy Form F To C (Filing To Confirmation) A Practical Chapter 11 Overview For The Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner,” CLLA 2016 Fall Conference, New York, November 10, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Hidden Liens: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You,” CLLA 2015 National Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 29, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Student Loan Debt – Legal and Collection Issues,” CLLA Eastern Region Conference NY, New York, November 6, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Post-Confirmation Jurisdiction – Was the Suit you are Defending Properly Preserved,” CLLA National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Bankruptcy Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 Counsel for the Counselor: Practical Tips Handbook,” State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, September 2001.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute


  • Commercial Law League of America

    Board of Directors, 2022-present
    Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 2020-2022
    Chair-Elect, Bankruptcy Section, 2018-2020
    Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, 2018-present
    Secretary, 2015-2018

  • Federal Bar Association


  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation


  • State Bar of Michigan

    Member, Debtors and Creditors’ Rights Section
    Chair-Elect, 2022-present