Matthew E. Wilkins

Location: Birmingham, Michigan
Phone: 248-971-1711 (W) – 248-882-8496 (C)
Fax: 248-971-1801

Matt Wilkins focuses his practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business and commercial litigation for secured and unsecured creditors in complex bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court negotiations, and acquisitions of distressed businesses.  He also has significant expertise in customer-supplier disputes in the automotive industry, including the negotiation and documentation of workout agreements and asset sale transactions.


Prior to founding Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco in 2009, Mr. Wilkins was a shareholder at Butzel Long in Detroit.  Before joining Butzel Long in 1997, he practiced in Chicago at Coffield, Ungaretti & Harris.  Mr. Wilkins is licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.


Mr. Wilkins' recent experience includes:


• Co-counsel for the Official Committee of Retirees in the City of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy

• Representing numerous Tier One and Two automotive suppliers in negotiating agreements with their financially distressed sub-suppliers or customers to ensure continuity of supply

• Representing a distressed aerospace supplier in negotiations with its customers and the sale of its business
• Representing the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee and the Liquidating Trustee of a manufacturer with over $500,000,000 in liabilities
• Representing real estate developers and guarantors in the negotiation and documentation of workout and discounted payoff agreements
• As debtors’ counsel, representing a substantial Michigan not-for-profit hospital in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ultimate sale as a going concern
• Advising boards of directors regarding their fiduciary responsibilities in the insolvencies of subsidiary and related entities
• Representing the purchaser of substantially all of the operating assets of an insolvent solar energy company
• Representing a significant trade creditor in one of the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases in the United States
• Prosecution and defense of many preferential transfer and fraudulent transfer actions


Education, Professional Associations and Awards


• Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1983)
• Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1980)

• Recognized as a Michigan “Superlawyer”
• Recognized as a Detroit “Top Lawyer” by Hour Detroit Magazine
• Recognized as a Michigan “Best Lawyer”
• Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
• Licensed to practice in Michigan (1997), Illinois (1987) and Indiana (1983)
• Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
• Member, American, Michigan and Chicago Bar Associations
• Past-member of the ABA Young Lawyer’s Divisions’ national Executive Council

• Past-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Professionalism Committees of the Division
• Past-Chair, Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Committee


Speaking Engagements


• What Creditors Should Know About Municipal Bankruptcies – 26th Annual State Bar of Michigan Business Law Institute

• “Strategies for OEM Insolvencies – P.O. Terms and Conditions”
- OESA Annual OEM-Supplier Terms and Conditions Conference
• “Autos and Auto Suppliers: The Nuts and Bolts of Supplier Restructuring”
- Beard Group Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganization
• “OEM Insolvency Risks & Strategies”
- Precision Machined Products Association, Competitive Strategies Seminar
• “GM and Chrysler Chapter 11’s”
- Industrial Fastener’s Institute
• “Basics of Bankruptcy”
- Presented to Detroit Automotive News editors and staff




• Past President and current Director, Menonaqua Corporation, Harbor Springs, Michigan
• Past Director and Treasurer, Birmingham Blue Dolphins Swim Club Boosters


Areas of Practice


• Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
• Business and Commercial Litigation