• Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor
    201 S. Division Street
    Suite 400
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    T 734-761-3780
  • Cheboygan
    229 Court Street
    P.O. Box 405
    Cheboygan, MI 49721
    T 231-627-8000
  • Detroit
    1901 St. Antoine Street
    6th Floor at Ford Field
    Detroit, MI 48226
    T 313-259-7777
  • Grand Rapids
    Grand Rapids
    99 Monroe Avenue NW
    Suite 506
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    T 616-205-4330
  • Troy
    201 W. Big Beaver Road
    Suite 500
    Troy, MI 48084
    T 248-743-6000
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competitive drive

Ralph E. McDowell


T 313-393-7592F 313-393-7579313-393-7592

competitive drive
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Kalamazoo College, B.A.
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • State Bar of Michigan

Ralph E. McDowell assists clients primarily in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and workouts. He has represented the interests of banks and other financial institutions in pre-bankruptcy workout situations, commercial bankruptcy cases, and troubled credit situations.

His work with banks and financial institutions includes representation in court proceedings, sale of debt transactions, foreclosures, liquidation of assets, and forbearance arrangements. He also represents numerous clients in the automotive and manufacturing industries in bankruptcy and troubled supplier situations.

Mr. McDowell has represented trustees, creditors’ committees, non-bank creditors and various debtors in all aspects of bankruptcy cases and debtor-creditor disputes. Because of experience and skill, he is able to assist the firm’s loan origination lawyers in structuring and documenting complex and highly-sophisticated loan transactions. In addition, Mr. McDowell represents the interests of parties in the purchase of assets from trustees, receivers, debtors in possession, and from troubled companies.

Mr. McDowell is chairman of Bodman's Executive Committee, which guides firm operations and business strategy.

Mr. McDowell is listed as 2017 Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law by
The Best Lawyers in America. In 2015, he was listed as Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Bankruptcy.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 (for over 15 years) under Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, and Bet-the-Company Litigation. He is listed in Chambers USA 2018 under Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy. He is also listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-2017 under Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and as one of the 100 most highly-rated attorneys in Michigan, and as a 2018 "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness magazine.  Mr. McDowell is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. McDowell serves on the Board of Directors of Hebrew Free Loan of Metropolitan Detroit, on the University of Detroit Mercy Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, and on the Audit Committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Honors, Awards, and Recognition
  • Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2006-2017
  • Chambers USA 2007-2018, Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy- Michigan
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2003-2018, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Litigation-Bankruptcy
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Detroit "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Detroit "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation- Bankruptcy
  • DBusiness Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2009-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence; Endorsed for High Ethical Standing
Professional Activities
  • Detroit Bar Association
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Subsection, Business Law Section
    • Debtor-Creditor Rights Subsection, Real Property Law Section
Civic, Cultural and Community Activities
  • Hebrew Free Loan of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Dean's Advisory Board
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Audit Committee


Practices & Industries Education
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Kalamazoo College, B.A.
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • Detroit Bar Association (DBA)
  • State Bar of Michigan