Steven W. Rhodes, Retired Chief Judge, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, joins JAMS following 30 years of distinguished service to the federal judiciary. He is best known for his role presiding over the City of Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
Since his retirement in 2015, Mr. Rhodes has served as the City of Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager, an office created to lead the City’s public schools out of difficulty in the wake of the larger bankruptcy.
Mr. Rhodes is known for his keen intellect, ability to manage complex, high-stakes litigation and creativity in solving problems.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
Mr. Rhodes has extensive experience in the resolution of complex disputes in the following areas:
- Class Action/Mass Tort
- Selected Decisions
- In re City of Detroit, No. 13-53846
- In re Buttermilk Towne Center, LLC, BAP No. 10-8036
- In re Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse, Inc., No. 07-04213
- In re Omega Door Company, Inc., BAP 07-8047
- In re Collins & Aikman Corp., No. 05-55927
- In re Key Plastics, LLC, No.00-44478