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John C. Lange – Michigan Bankruptcy Super LawyerGold, Lange, Majoros & Smalarz, PC

John C. Lange


“I provide the same level of care and personal attention to detail in all my cases, no matter how simple or complex.”

Phone: 248-350-8220 ext. 219
Fax: 248-462-7283
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John Lange’s primary area of practice has been bankruptcy law almost exclusively since 1986. He has helped Detroit area residents and small businesses overcome serious financial struggles. He has decades of experience in individual chapter 7 and 13 cases and also in business chapter 7’s and 11’s. He has also represented creditors in all bankruptcy chapters. He is frequently engaged in bankruptcy litigation.
Since 1986, he has helped thousands of people discharge their debts and while still being able to keep their exempt assets. He has helped people stay in their homes and saved them from foreclosure. Mr. Lange has relieved his clients of hundreds of millions of dollars of consumer and business debt. He has also helped people eliminate millions of dollars in federal and state income tax liabilities.
Over the last three decades Mr. Lange has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers. His law firm has earned a Preeminent peer and Client Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble. He was voted onto the Super Lawyer list several times. He has frequently been chosen to lecture on bankruptcy topics to large audiences of attorneys, judges and other professionals.

Areas of Practice

90% Bankruptcy – Debtor
10% Bankruptcy – Creditor

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1986
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1987


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
   J.D. cum laude – 1986

Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
   B.A. – 1982
   Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

Markowitz v Campbell (In re Markowitz), 190 F3d 455 (CA 6, 1999)
Crider v Dobbs (In re Crider), ___F3d___; 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 2098 (CA 6, Feb. 10, 2000)
In re Hthiy, 283 BR 447 (Bankr ED Mich, 2002)
In re Ragsdale, 315 BR 691 (Bankr ED Mich, 2004)
In re Palmieri, ___BR___; 2011 Bankr LEXIS 5108 (Bankr ED Mich, Nov. 21, 2011)
McCallum v Pixley (In re Pixley), 456 BR 770 (Bankr ED Mich, 2011)
Miller v Mathis (In re Mathis), 548 BR 465 (Bankr ED Mich, 2016)
In re Top Shelv Worldwide, LLC, ___BR___; 2018 Bankr LEXIS 3333 (Bankr ED Mich, Oct. 29, 2018)

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Michigan, Member
Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Member
Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Member
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Other Experience

United States Marine Corps, Platoon Leaders Class, Quantico, Virginia 1981

Honors and Awards

Recent blogs

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