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Christopher E. McNeely has practiced law in Michigan since 1991, Illinois since 1993 and Ohio since 2016.  Mr. McNeely focuses his practice on assisting financial institutions and closely held companies, their principals and individuals through the complex areas of business, probate and real estate litigation and transactions, business torts, and debtor and creditor issues.  He has been recognized and honored as a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV rated.  This is a peer rating for the highest level of Professional Excellence. 

Mr. McNeely represents large and small financial institutions in commercial real estate, financial transactions, workout planning, and asset protection matters.  He has handled numerous real estate and asset transfer closings as well as stock purchases. Mr. McNeely is skilled at navigating the most complex of legal issues comprehensible to the clients he advises.

Mr. McNeely has continued to expand his practice in commercial workouts and bankruptcy issues that face financial institutions.  He is adept at handling large portfolios of commercial and consumer matters and commercial bankruptcies under Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 filings. Also, he has extensive experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy issues.

Mr. McNeely has been admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan.  He has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. McNeely is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America, Community Bankers Association of Michigan and is the past president of the Rochester Area Bar Association. 

Additionally, he serves on the following committees of the State Bar Association of Michigan:

  • Character and Fitness Division I Committee;

  • Real Property Section Committee on Mortgages and Financing Documentation; and the

  • Title and Conveyances Committee for the State Bar of Michigan. 

Mr. McNeely is also active in community organizations, including serving as president of the parish council, finance council, and capital campaign fund for SS. John and Paul Catholic Church and as president of the Aberdeen Community Association.  He is also a Board Member of the International Technology Academy (ITA) Inititives Foundation.  Mr. McNeely has successfully argued appealate cases.  One of great interest to many of our clients was an issue of first impression before the Michigan Court of Appeals validating the priority of the UCC over Michigan probate allowances in a commercial secured transaction, published at: In Re Lundy, 291 Mich App 347, 804 NW 2d 773, 73 UCC Rep Serv2d 476 (2011).

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