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Patricia J. Scott

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8132
F 517.367.7132


As leader of the firm's Finance, Real Estate and Bankruptcy law practice group, Patricia concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, finance, collections, real estate, and commercial litigation. Her work with financial institutions includes collections, loan workouts, foreclosures, receiverships and various complex banking and finance issues. Patricia also represents companies - from small and mid-sized businesses to large corporations - in multi-faceted litigation matters in state and federal court.

Patricia was recently interviewed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for their #LeadLikeAWoman series on her views of being a leader and how important it is for women to have leadership roles and lead in their community.

In the area of bankruptcy, Patricia represents creditors in complex bankruptcy issues in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases, including objections to plans, nondischargeability actions, motions for relief from stay, and defense of preference or fraudulent transfer actions.  She also represents Chapter 7 Trustees in all aspects of the bankruptcy estate, including objections to exemptions, avoidance of security interests, preferential transfers, and fraudulent conveyances.

In her collections practice, Patricia represents creditors, individuals, banks, credit unions, and other types of businesses in negotiations, litigation, appointment of receivers, and post-judgment activities to collect on judgments, delinquent accounts, and contractual obligations.

Patricia is the Co-Chair of the Ingham County Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and former Vice President on the board of the Small Talk Children's Assessment Center (2015-2019). She sits on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and is also on the Board of and serves as the legal counsel for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law" Class of 2019

Michigan Super Lawyers Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, 2020-2021

Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Civil Litigation: Plaintiff 2016-2019

Marquis Who's Who® in America

Featured Alumna at The Board of Fellows Meeting, Saginaw Valley State University, January, 2010

The Sol Siegel Award Recipient, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 2009


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association 
  • FBA Bankruptcy Steering Committee for the Western District of Michigan
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Legal Counsel, 2019-2022
    • Board Member, 2019-2022

Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Junior League of Lansing
    • Board of Directors, Treasurer 2014-2015
    • Endowment Board of Directors, Treasurer 2015-2016
  • Small Talk Children's Assessment Center
    • Board of Directors, 2015- February, 2019
    • Vice-President, 2017


Representative Matters

  • Settled out-of-court on a case where a client was sued for over $300,000 and 42 cows on claim and delivery and conversion claims for $13,000 and one cow.
  • Represents financial institutions and bond trustees in receivership actions, including liquidation of corporations and schools.
  • Regularly represents bankruptcy trustees in all matters concerning the administration of the estate, and successfully recovers assets for the bankruptcy estate.
  • Represents financial institutions and business creditors in enforcement of debt obligations, including settlement negotiations, litigation matters, foreclosure actions, appointment of receivers and recovery against personal guarantors.
  • Counsel business and financial institution clients in collection methods, including best practice measures and how to minimize outstanding accounts receivable.
  • Assisted in representation of numerous defendants in a multi-claim state fraudulent conveyance action for several million dollars that resulted in a favorable settlement for the clients.
  • Assisted in representation of a large corporation sued in bankruptcy court in a one million dollar preference action that resulted in a successful settlement for approximately one-tenth the amount pursued.
  • Assisted in having debt owed the client declared nondischargeable by motion for summary judgment in a bankruptcy case of a debtor who had been operating a Ponzi scheme.



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Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude

Saginaw Valley State University, B.A., 2006, summa cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan