Jason P. Smalarz


Location: Southfield, Michigan
Phone/fax: 248-462-7698
Email: Email Me

Jason Smalarz is an experienced Detroit, Michigan attorney who practices consumer and small business bankruptcy law. He represents individuals and small businesses in matters involving Chapter 7, 13 and 11 bankruptcies, bankruptcy litigation, bankruptcy appeals, state court litigation and non-bankruptcy debt restructurings/workouts. He also represents Chapter 7 Trustees and creditors in both consumer and business bankruptcy cases. With his practice, Mr. Smalarz emphasizes a personalized, client-centered approach focused on achieving his client’s goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Mr. Smalarz’s firm, represents individuals and business throughout the state of Michigan in all areas of bankruptcy, non-bankruptcy debt restructuring/workouts and civil matters in Michigan courts.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in business administration, Mr. Smalarz earned his master of business administration (MBA) from Wayne State University, and later his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While he was a law student he served as an intern for the Honorable George Caram Steeh of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and was an active member of the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law Moot Court Board of Advocates. Mr. Smalarz also earned the book award in U.S. Securities Regulations.
Licensed to practice in the state courts of Michigan, Mr. Smalarz is also admitted to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan.
Active in the legal community, Mr. Smalarz participates in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and is a past presenter at the ABI’s annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, as well as the ABI’s Hon. Steven W. Rhodes Consumer Bankruptcy Conference.
Recognized for his accomplishments in the legal profession, Mr. Smalarz has been named a Rising Star in Michigan in the field of Consumer Bankruptcy by Super Lawyers for the years 2013 – 2020.

Areas of Practice
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Business Consulting
Civil & Commercial Litigation
Creditor’s Rights
Financial Planning & Restructuring
Real Estate Law

Litigation Percentage
• 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
• Michigan, 2007
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
• U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

• University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
J.D. – 2007
• State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
B.S. cum laude – 2003
Major: Business Administration
• Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
M.B.A. – 2006
Major: Master of Business Administration

Representative Cases
In re. Combs, 435 B. R. 467 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2010)
In re. Stephenson, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142360 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 12, 2011)
In re. DiMercurio, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142385 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 2, 2012)
Simon v. Miller (In re. Miller Parking Co., LLC), 536 B.R. 197 (E.D. Mich. 2015)
Torovich v. Oddo, 2019 Mich. App. LEXIS 367 (Mich. App. March 5, 2019)
In re Black, 2014 Bankr. Lexis 682 (US Bankruptcy 2014)
Goldstein Bershad & Fried vs Ruskin, 2014 US Dist. Lexis 125428 (US District 2014)
Goldstein Bershad & Fried vs Ruskin, 2014 US Dist. Lexis 97485 (US District 2014)

• How Courts are Interpreting Schwab v Reilly, 2012
• Riding Through Bankruptcy – Another Look at Section 521 and the Debtor’s Intentions, 2015

Honors and Awards
• Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013 – 2020
• Member, Moot Court Board of Advocates, University of Detroit Mercy
• Recipient, Book Award, U.S. Securities Regulation, University of Detroit Mercy

Professional Associations and Memberships
• State Bar of Michigan, Member
• Federal Bar Association (Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan),
• Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Member, 2007 – 2020
• Oakland County Bar Association, Member
• American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, 2012 – 2020

Past Employment Positions
• Honorable George C. Steeh, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Intern

• English

Recent blogs

Bankruptcy Cases of Interests

Priority Tax Claims In order to secure a bankruptcy court’s approval of a plan of reorganization, a debtor is required to satisfy, in full, all obligations entitled to priority treatment under the bankruptcy law[1][2]. Some taxes, owed to the federal government, generally are deemed to be priority obligations.  In a recent case, a bankruptcy appellate […]

New Bankruptcy Law Will Help More People Qualify for Chapter 13 Relief!

Congress recently passed legislation entitled The Bankruptcy Threshold Adjustment and Technical Corrections Act which the President signed into law on June 21, 2022. The changes to the law will help people because it significantly expands who can qualify for Chapter 13 relief.  Chapter 13 is a reorganization bankruptcy for individuals which gives people an opportunity […]