- J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1982
- B.A., Michigan State University, 1979
John T. Piggins is a Member of the firm and has been practicing law since 1982. He specializes in representing creditors, trustees and debtors in all types of bankruptcy-related matters. Mr. Piggins has also assisted numerous business entities in matters related to commercial contracts, real estate, business organization and mortgage banking.
Mr. Piggins represents creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases and represents business and individual debtors in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy matters as well as out of court workouts. Mr. Piggins has assisted many financial institutions and other commercial lenders in analyzing and protecting their rights in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters through negotiations, court proceedings and debtor asset liquidation. Mr. Piggins also represents creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases and represents business and individual debtors in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy matters as well as out of court workouts. Additionally, he represents bankruptcy trustees in their attempts to recover and liquidate bankruptcy estate assets. Mr. Piggins has worked as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Mr. Piggins has guided financial institutions, businesses and individuals through the negotiation and drafting of contracts supporting all types of commercial transactions, including contracts for the purchase and sale of businesses and business assets, employment agreements, vendor agreements, financing agreements, business management agreements and others. He has been responsible for negotiating and drafting all contracts necessary to evidence the commercial transactions between a nationwide mortgage lender and its largest vendors and financiers.
Mr. Piggins has represented buyers, sellers, lessees and lessors of commercial and residential real estate throughout Michigan. Mr. Piggins has represented creditors and debtors in construction lien, foreclosure and forfeiture matters. Mr. Piggins has also been responsible for all aspects of negotiating and drafting commercial real estate leases for a tenant with more than 40 offices throughout the United States.
Mr. Piggins has assisted clients with the legal aspects of forming, operating, and dissolving business entities.
Professional Affiliations, Activities and Honors
Mr. Piggins is a member of the Bankruptcy Steering Committee for the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan and served as treasurer from 2006-2016. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association’s Real Property and Business Law Sections, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Piggins is the chair of Miller Johnson’s Bankruptcy – Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights practice group.
Mr. Piggins is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America®” for Banking and Finance, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He is also recognized as a Super Lawyer for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Articles and Presentations
In conjunction with his law practice, Mr. Piggins has prepared and presented numerous seminars and articles for attorneys, bankers and corporate credit managers in the areas of commercial, collection and bankruptcy law.
Mr. Piggins is a board member and treasurer for the Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation. He is also a past President of the Board of Trustees for the Community Church of Douglas. He was chairman of the Planning Commission for the city of Douglas, Michigan and served five years as a member of the Planning Commission for the city of Kentwood, Michigan. Mr. Piggins has been a member of the board of directors for the MSU Club of West Michigan, and an active member of the Grand Rapids Jaycees.
Mr. Piggins received his law degree in 1982 from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as a member of the Law School’s Moot Court National Team. Mr. Piggins received his undergraduate degree in Business from Michigan State University in 1979. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan.