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Keith A. Peterson

Of Counsel

  • Licensed Since: 1983
  • Joined Firm: 2010
950 Trade Centre Way
Suite 310
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
TEL: (269) 226-8828
FAX: (269) 382-2506
Areas of Practice
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2014 - 2019
  • Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial / Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law, Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Clerkship(s)
  • Hon. George B. Hoffman Jr., Court of Appeals of Indiana (May 1983 to Feb. 1985)
Education
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Valparaiso University, B.A., 1980
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Indiana, 1983
  • Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010

An of counsel attorney in the firm’s Kalamazoo office, Keith A. Peterson is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group.

Mr. Peterson has over 22 years experience as in-house counsel for National City Bank. As Assistant General Counsel and Creditors’ Rights Practice Chair for the bank, he represented commercial lending and workout groups on large corporate and middle market business loans involving loan structuring, transactional documentation, troubled debt restructure, bankruptcy and litigation matters.

Mr. Peterson’s background also includes working as an attorney in private practice where he represented clients in the areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Peterson served as law clerk to the Hon. George B. Hoffman, Jr., judge of the Court of Appeals of Indiana.

An AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Peterson has written and lectured on contract law and negotiable instruments. From 1995 to 1997, he developed and presented on the law of negotiable instruments for the Lawyers’ Bar Review in Indiana.

Representative Client Work

  • Represented national and community banks in numerous loan workout, deed in lieu and foreclosure situations involving commercial businesses and real estate developments
  • Served as counsel in numerous real estate acquisition and disposition transactions
  • Served as counsel for bank in general civil litigation matters, including state and federal court trials and appeals
  • Served as counsel for clients in multi-million dollar fraud litigations
  • Extensive experience as bank counsel in all aspects of commercial loan transactions, including deal structure, documentation and risk management

Notable Cases

  • Cunningham v Mid State Bank, 544 NE2d 530 (Ind. Ct. App. 1989)
  • In re Edwards, 901 F2d 1383 (7th Cir. 1990)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Ministry with Community (President, 2002 - 2005; Vice President, 2007 - 2009; Board Member, 1999 - Present)
  • The Gilmore Keyboard Festival (Board Member, 2004 - Present)
  • Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis (Vice President, 1995 - 1998; Board Member, 1992 -1998)
  • Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis (Board Member, 1994 - 1998)

Articles and Lectures

  • “ Negotiable Instruments,” Presenter, The Lawyers Bar Review (West Publishing), 1995-1997
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), Chair - Indiana Contract Law, 1988

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