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E. Todd  Sable

Leader, Commercial Transactions Practice Group


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Law Review, Member and Note and Comment Editor
Albion College, B.A.


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Todd Sable focuses his practice on commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and corporate reorganization matters. He regularly represents major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers in the development of strategies for the protection of just-in-time supply of component parts produced by commercial contract negotiation among suppliers, customers, lenders, and other creditors and in purchase and divestiture transactions.

  • Possesses extensive experience in transactions under Article 2 and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, including in the development and negotiation of supply agreements, manufacturing agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and purchase order terms and conditions
  • Develops strategies for protection of just-in-time supply of component parts produced by non-performing, financially distressed, and bankrupt suppliers
  • Serves as special commercial counsel in corporate, merger, acquisition, and financing transactions
  • Advises OEMs and automotive suppliers with respect to connected and autonomous vehicle supply contracts and supply chain risk management
  • Conducts structural analysis of transactions regarding bankruptcy and related risks
  • Possesses substantial experience representing strategic and financial purchasers and sellers of assets and businesses in non-distressed conditions, and in Bankruptcy Code Section 363 sales, under bankruptcy plans of reorganization and liquidation, under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and in other insolvency and related proceedings
  • Counsels debtors, creditors' committees, customers, suppliers, and lenders in commercial bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings, financial restructurings, liquidations, and workouts throughout the U.S.
  • Represents parties in commercial litigation, preference actions, fraudulent transfer actions, and other bankruptcy litigation
  • Acts as external general counsel to various automotive suppliers


Representative Matters

  • Advised Tier 1 automotive supplier as lead counsel in acquisition of key business unit from North American OEM
  • Represented Tier 1 automotive supplier as lead counsel in the acquisition of multiple North American and European Tier 1 and 2 casting suppliers from leading private equity fund
  • Served as lead commercial counsel for global Tier 1 automotive supplier in the $110 million acquisition of joint venture membership interests in a major North American supplier of lighting and signaling systems
  • Represented multinational automotive supplier in the formation of minority business enterprise/joint venture for a North American manufacturing operation, including development of organizational structure and counseling during operational start-up phase, as well as negotiation of key agreements with OEM customer and primary supplier
  • Advised purchaser in its acquisition of interests in a multi-casino joint venture from a financially distressed worldwide gaming, hotel, and resort company and in analyzing and protecting against risks related to seller’s bankruptcy proceeding
  • Served as lead bankruptcy counsel in the matter of Capitol Bancorp Ltd., a bank holding company with a network of banks and bank operations in ten states and total consolidated assets of approximately $2 billion, resulting in a confirmed Chapter 11 plan
  • Served as lead bankruptcy counsel to the debtor-in-possession financing lender in the matter of Oakland Physicians Medical Center (formerly known as Pontiac General Hospital and Medical Center); ultimately, the lender was the successful proponent of a plan of reorganization of the debtor among multiple competing plans of reorganization
  • Served as lead bankruptcy counsel in $90 million luxury hotel acquisition pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 363
  • Acted as lead commercial and bankruptcy counsel in $170 million corporate and credit agreement restructuring
  • Served as lead bankruptcy counsel for purchaser of landmark, Detroit skyscraper pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 363
  • Served as lead counsel to industrial manufacturer borrower in $55 million revolving line of credit workout
  • Advised casino as co-lead counsel with respect to $150 million debtor-in-possession financing facility
  • Represented multiple private equity firms with respect to acquisitions through section 363 bankruptcy sales, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships, and Article 9 foreclosure sales


  • Michigan Court of Appeals, Pre-Hearing Attorney and Law Clerk, 1996-1997



  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2010
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Banking & Finance field in Michigan; Chambers adds:  
      • 2020 - A client of Todd Sable praises him as "an excellent lawyer who is an expert in matters related to automotive supply chain issues. I highly recommend him for his pragmatism and problem-solving counsel." His work covers a broad spectrum of bankruptcy, restructuring and liquidation proceedings.
      • 2019 - "Todd Sable is particularly well known for representing clients in the automotive sector, especially regarding bankruptcy proceedings, as well as advising on restructuring matters. Clients applaud his 'timeliness and thoroughness of response.'"
      • 2018 – "Todd Sable regularly assists clients from the automotive industry with bankruptcy and restructuring mandates. One client appreciates that he is "very thorough and knows his client. He knows exactly what I am looking for and is very prompt, resourceful and timely."
      • 2017 – "Todd Sable frequently advises clients on bankruptcy-related proceedings. He has considerable experience representing suppliers and manufacturers in a range of bankruptcy-related divestiture transactions."
      • 2016 – "Todd Sable is noted for his strong transactional capabilities and understanding of bankruptcy-related procedures. He regularly represents prominent supplier, manufacturer and creditor clients in major acquisitions and divestitures."
      • 2015 – "Todd Sable primarily advises on bankruptcy and reorganization matters, in addition to transactions, and is routinely sought after to advise original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in large-scale contracts."
      • 2014 – "[Todd] focuses his practice on bankruptcy and corporation reorganization. He is lauded for his communicative strength, with sources saying 'he can boil down extremely complex concepts and fact patterns into easily digestible bullet points.'"
      • 2013 – "Todd Sable is a bankruptcy specialist, with a particular interest in the automotive and manufacturing industries. Clients report that 'he gives you answers that allow your business people to understand the risks and make informed decisions.'"
      • 2012 – "Clients say bankruptcy expert Todd Sable 'brings a depth of experience to commercial matters, gets to the heart of issues quickly and focuses on the critical aspects from a customer viewpoint.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2021
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009-2019
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Banking & Financial Institutions Law
      • Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial
      • Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
      • Secured Transactions Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2017, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Township, Michigan
    • Executive Committee, Member
    • Former Trustee
    • Former Vice President
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Firm Representative
  • Detroit Economic Club, Member

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