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Caralyce M. Lassner, JD, PC

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Caralyce M. Lassner

Caralyce M. Lassner has been providing quality legal representation to individual and corporate clients in southeast Michigan since 2001.

I am a principle in the firm of Caralyce M. Lassner, JD, PC, a former partner in the law firm of Scarletta Lassner, PLC, and a former associate of the law firms of Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett, PC and Shermeta, Chimko & Adams, PC. I have been practicing law for over ten years and has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, general civil and contract litigation, administrative law, and estate planning. I attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School and graduated from Wayne State University with my bachelor’s degree. I was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2001, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District and Western Districts of Michigan in 2003, and the Northern District of Ohio in 2004.

My practice focuses on representing individual consumers in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases to eliminate unsecured debt, address income tax debt, modify vehicle loans, and multiple issues related to mortgages, foreclosures, past due payments, past due property taxes, and removing the second (and third) mortgages from the family home.

About My Continuing Education and Professional Involvements

Learning

Staying abreast of the latest developments and regulations takes continual vigilance. Ms. Lassner regularly attends continuing education seminars including:

  • “Trial Advocacy Workshop” (morning sessions) provided by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association on March 28-29, 2008 (3 hours each day),
  • “Bench & Bar Seminar on the New EDM Local Bankruptcy Rules” provided jointly by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and the Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar on April 11, 2008 (2 hours),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on June 5, 2008 (2 hours),
  • ABI Central States Conference on June 12 – 15, 2008 (multiple day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on September 18, 2008 (2 hours),
  • “Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference” provided jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Consumer Bankruptcy Association on November 11, 2008 (all day seminar),
  • “The Judges Speak”, a roundtable discussion, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association on February 12, 2009 (2 hours),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on April 2, 2009 (2 hours),
  • ABI Central States Conference on June 11 – 14, 2009, including “Problems, Problems, Problems: Consumer Track” with Judge Keith M. Lundin (MD TN) (multiple day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association “New Michigan Foreclosure Statute Seminar” on July 20, 2009 (1.5 hours),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on September 24, 2009 (2 hours),
  • “Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference” provided jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Consumer Bankruptcy Association on November 11, 2009 (all day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on January 29, 2010 (2 hours),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, provided jointly by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on April 19, 2010 (all day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on May 20, 2010,
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on October 7, 2010,
  • “Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference” provided jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Consumer Bankruptcy Association on November 11, 2010 (all day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, provided jointly by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on April 1, 2011 (all day seminar),
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on June 23, 2011,
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Association Dinner Meeting on September 22, 2011,
  • “Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference” provided jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Consumer Bankruptcy Association on November 11, 2011 (all day seminar), and
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Institute, provided jointly by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on May 11, 2012 (all day seminar).
Teaching

Ms. Lassner authored materials and moderated and presented at the following conferences, seminars, and training sessions:

  • “Best Practices in Representing Debtors: From Preparing Papers to Reaffirmation Agreements” at the CBA/ABI’s annual November Consumer Bankruptcy Conference in the fall of 2009, speaker and panel moderator,
  • Part 1 of ICLE’s Bankruptcy Certificate Series on the subject of “Filling Out Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Forms and Submitting Proper Paperwork” in December 2009, solo speaker,
  • ICLE/CBA Bankruptcy Law Institute on “Document Preparation, or Explaining To Your Client Why All Those Documents Were Necessary” in the spring of 2010, solo speaker,
  • Oakland County Bar Association Paralegal Section luncheon program, June 2010, lunch speaker,
  • “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”, a discussion of Proofs of Claims, at the CBA/ABI’s annual November Consumer Bankruptcy Conference in the fall of 2010, speaker and panel moderator,
  • ICLE Bankruptcy Bootcamp, a 6 session series in early 2011, presented “Practice Management and the Economics of Bankruptcy Practice”, with Brian J. Small, further served as Training Coordinator and series moderator,
  • “Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice: Avoiding Conflicts, Problems, and Malpractice” at the 2ndAnnual ICLE/CBA Bankruptcy Law Institute in the spring of 2011, speaker and moderator,
  • Advanced Chapter 7 Track, breakout session; CBA/ABI’s annual November Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, 2011, moderator,
  • Part 1 - The Basics of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, program moderator and session speaker; ICLE Bankruptcy Core Concepts Training, 2011,
  • Tax Returns & Review, breakout session; 3rd Annual ICLE/CBA Bankruptcy Law Institute, May 2012, speaker and moderator.

Ms. Lassner has also moderated and presented at "More Claims Issues in Consumer Cases", breakout session; ABI Central States Conference, June 2012, speaker and moderator.

Ms. Lassner has contributed to the materials presented at the following seminars:

  • “Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start to Finish” presentation by Brian J. Small on December 4, 2006,
  • “Nuts & Bolts Seminar” presentation by Brian J. Small and Julie Smyk on May 7, 2007,
  • “Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference” presentation by Brian J. Small on November 12, 2007, and
  • “How to Avoid Problems with the Trustee: Consumer Best Practices” materials presented by Brian J. Small at the ABI 16th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop in June 2009.

Ms. Lassner (with Brian J. Small) has contributing to and edited a portion of Chapter 3: “Representing Consumers in Bankruptcies Under Chapter 7 (Liquidation)” of Handling Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcies in Michigan (ICLE, January 2009).

Ms. Lassner developed and moderates a Consumer Bankruptcy Association series entitled “Bankruptcy Basics Series” for new attorneys in the District and also presented to the group on February 20, 2009 on the topic of “Understanding the Petition, Schedules, SOFA, and 22C”, which addressed cross-referencing in the pleadings, meeting the requirements of 11 USC 521, and other issues related to proper preparation of a bankruptcy case for filing. Ms. Lassner also served as moderator of a special session of the series, “Special Edition of the Bankruptcy Basics Seminar, featuring Judge Phillip Shefferly” on February 24, 2009.

Leadership and Community Involvement

Ms. Lassner is a member of the Consumer Bankruptcy Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Consumer Bankruptcy Association in the spring of 2009 and was elected to a new six year term in the fall of 2011. She sits on the Education, Peking House, Bankruptcy Basics, Bylaws, and Election Committees of the CBA and dedicates many hours to the development and implementation of various professional educational programs. She was named the first ever Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s Member of the Year in 2010.

Ms. Lassner served on the planning and development committee for the ICLE 2011 Bankruptcy Bootcamp program and the planning committees for the 2011 ABI/CBA Veteran’s Day Seminar and the 2012 ICLE/CBA Bankruptcy Law Institute. She has continuously served on the planning committee for the ICLE/CBA Bankruptcy Law Institute since its inception in 2009; and for the ABI/CBA Veteran’s Day Seminar since 2009, serving as Conference Chair from 2011-2016. She has proven instrumental in identifying additional committee members, programming and topic development, and the identification and recruitment of dynamic speakers.

Ms. Lassner also served on the Trial Advocacy Planning Committee for the fall 2011 Workshop and was requested by Chief Judge Phillip Shefferly to sit on a Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee formed in response to changes to the Federal Rules becoming effective December 1, 2011. She also presents bankruptcy information to consumers at community and civil functions and is a participant in the US Bankruptcy Court’s Pro-Bono Program (ED MI) (Adversary Program since 2008 (volunteer), Pro-Bono Panel Attorney since 2011 (appointment following application)). She also accepted a law school intern for the semester beginning in January 2012, in conjunction with an additional pro-bono program developed by the joint effort of Michigan State University Law School and the Court.

Ms. Lassner was selected as one of the twenty Up and Coming Attorneys by Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly for 2011. She has also formerly served as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the Macomb County Girl Scouts , as the Listserve Moderator for the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and as an adjunct professor of Critical Thinking at Wayne State University for three semesters.

 

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