Jason P. Smalarz

Associate
Location: Southfield, Michigan
Phone: 248-350-8220
Fax: 248-350-0519
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, 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, Gold, Lange & Majoros, P.C. represents individuals and business throughout the state of Michigan in all areas of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy debt restructuring/workouts.

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 Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Smalarz participates in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and is a past presenter the ABI’s annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop.

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 – 2016.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Debtor Representation
  • 10% Creditor Representation
  • 10% Trustee Representation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • 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

Classes/Seminars

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

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Moot Court Board of Advocates, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Recipient, Book Award, U.S. Securities Regulation, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013 – 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan), Member
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Member, 2007 – 2016
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, 2012 – 2016

Past Employment Positions

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

Languages

  • English

News and Events

Nine West Bankruptcy

The retailer Nine West has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy citing debts totaling more than $1 Billion.  Nine West owns the Anne Klein brand as well.  Learn more.

Sears Stores Closing In Michigan

The iconic brand of Sears is getting smaller in Michigan in the midst of bankruptcy.  The legendary retailer is recently announced that stores in Ann Arbor and Lincoln Park will be closing.  Learn more.

Recent blogs

Meet Our New Firm Website

Gold, Lange & Majoros P.C. has recently launched a brand new corporate website to help enhance the experience for its users and deliver information more quickly to its customers. When asked about the new website John Lange, one of the firm’s partners, had this to say, “We are excited about our new website. Our goal […]

WHICH EXEMPTION LAWS APPLY IN A CHAPTER 7 WHERE THE DEBTOR MOVED TO MICHIGAN FROM FLORIDA BEFORE FILING? (PART 1)

People often think that chapter 7 cases are easy, straight forward and uncomplicated. It’s easy, right? An attorney just buys a computer software bankruptcy program, inputs some information, files the case, goes to the 341 hearing and then waits for the discharge order. While I certainly don’t turn down simple cases, I do come across […]