Richard Kruger


Rick is an attorney in our Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Real Estate Finance practice groups, and our Automotive industry group. He has a national practice focusing on both transactional and litigation aspects of bankruptcy law, debtor and creditor rights, workouts, corporate, and financing transactions. His client representations include original equipment manufacturers, borrowers, debtors, secured parties, landlords, purchasers, sellers, receivers, avoidance defendants, and unsecured creditors’ committees. His strategy and expertise span across a diverse list of industries, with a focus on Automotive and business sectors, providing creative solutions in all facets of these complex transactions.


  • Honoree, Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2012)

  • Honoree, DBusiness Top Lawyers (2012)


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law

    with honors

  • Michigan State University



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

Notable Matters

  • Represents Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tiered Suppliers.
  • Represents numerous smaller financial institutions.

Speeches and Publications


  • In re TOUSA: When Can Indirect Benefits Constitute Reasonably Equivalent Value in Fraudulent Transfer Actions,” Michigan Business Law Journal (2013).
  • Case Analysis: Seventh Circuit Holds Kmart Critical Vendor Order Inappropriate, Commercial Law League of America, Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (2004).
  • “Michigan’s Judgment Lien Statute: A New Collection Tool for Creditors,” Michigan Business Bar Journal (2004).
  • “My First Preference Defense-Some Practical Pointers For Attorneys And Accountants,” American Bankruptcy Institute Young and New member committee newsletter, Vol 1, No. 3 (2003).
  • Case Analysis: Third Circuit Holds That Creditors’ Committee Does Not Have the Ability to Bring a Pre-Plan Confirmation Fraudulent Transfer Action, Commercial Law League of America, Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (2002).

Speaking Engagements

  • “Opinion Letter for Bankruptcy Lawyers: What You Need to Know Before Issuing a Third-Party Opinion Letter,” American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, (2019).