Matthew E. Wilkins

  • Location: Birmingham, Michigan
  • Phone: 248-971-1711
  • Cell: 248-882-8496
  • Fax: 248-971-1801
  • Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
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.

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
Specialists in High-Stakes Litigation, Bankruptcy and Supply Chain Counseling.
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