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Michael A. Stephani Attorney

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2009
  • Arizona, 2016

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Education

University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2009

University of St. Thomas, B.A., 2006

Michael Stephani is a litigation attorney in Dykema's Minneapolis office. Michael concentrates his practice on representing mortgage servicers and other lenders in various disputes arising under state and federal foreclosure laws, as well as in FCRA and FDCPA claims. In this role, Michael has defeated numerous claims from borrowers seeking foreclosure rescissions and damages against lenders. Michael also has experience in product liability defense litigation, where he has defended vehicle and component manufacturers.  

Prior to joining Dykema, Michael practiced in creditors' rights law, representing lenders, insurers, property management companies, and other commercial clients at all stages of business-to-business litigation, including trial. Michael also has extensive experience representing these same clients in chapter 7, 13, and 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Experience

  • Obtained six-figure trial verdict, including full attorneys' fees, in favor of a commercial landlord in a rent dispute matter
  • Represented national automobile lenders in contesting “cramdowns” of vehicle loans in chapter 13 proceedings, as well as in collateral recovery litigation
  • Represented bankruptcy panel trustees in recovering in excess of $100,000 in non-exempt assets from bankruptcy debtor estates
  • Represented client in reaching 95% post-judgment settlement agreement after discovering more than $1 million in fraudulently transferred assets by defendant
  • Represented investment firm in obtaining dismissal of three separate bankruptcies across two states filed by fraudulent real estate development business and its principal by highlighting misrepresentations in their bankruptcy schedules and fraudulent transfers