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John F. Rhoades

John F. Rhoades



  • Business & Commercial
  • Business & Commercial
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Financial Services Litigation – Commercial

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


John F. Rhoades' practice focuses on financial services and commercial litigation. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group and financial industry group.

Mr. Rhoades regularly represents some of the nation's largest financial institutions in matters concerning mortgage banking and consumer lending. He has represented banks, mortgage servicers, title insurance companies, private investment funds, and other public and private companies in contested foreclosures, loan enforcement actions, bankruptcy proceedings, fraudulent transfer cases, post-judgment proceedings, consumer financial services matters, and other disputes in state and federal courts in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Mr. Rhoades’s commercial litigation experience includes matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, tortious interference, unfair competition, premises liability, and product liability. Mr. Rhoades has also represented secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights matters and has obtained successful outcomes for clients at trial, on appeal, and through motion practice, arbitration, and mediation.

Mr. Rhoades graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Contributing Editor on the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and a Campbell Moot Court participant. During law school, Mr. Rhoades interned for the Honorable Walter Shapero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies with honors from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Bar Admissions





University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude University of Michigan, A.B.
  • with high distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa 
Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial | Business & Commercial | Consumer Financial Services | Financial Services Litigation – Commercial | Financial Services Litigation – Consumer | Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Community/Civic Activities:
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, 2009
University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, Alumni Volunteer Corps, 2008

Professional Associations

    Federal Bar Association
    Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing Project Partnership Mock Trial, 2009


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