MSU College of Law

James D. Gregg

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

James D. Gregg is a retired judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. He was first appointed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 1, 1987, and was reappointed to a second 14-year term in 2001. He served as Chief Judge for two terms (1997-2005; 2007-2013) and retired as an active judge on June 27, 2014. Judge Gregg served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal (2004-07). He also was a visiting judge in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Florida (1997-99; 2001) and the Eastern District of Michigan (1997-99; 2001-03).

During 2001-03, Judge Gregg was the President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He previously served as the Treasurer (1998-2001) and as an At Large Governor (1995-98) of that organization. He also served for six years (2003-08) on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute where he also served as the Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.

Judge Gregg is co-author of Michigan Practice Guide: Enforcing Judgments and Debts and was previously (1998-2008) a contributing editor to Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2d. He served as an adjunct professor and taught bankruptcy law courses at The Thomas Cooley Law School (1990; 1994-97). He is a Fellow (Class VIII) in the American College of Bankruptcy. He has been an education chair, a speaker, or a panelist at more than 150 educational seminars for numerous bar associations and professional organizations throughout the United States.

Prior to his appointment, he specialized in commercial law, bankruptcy, and corporate reorganizations, was a partner of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was designated in the Best Lawyers in America (1987). Judge Gregg earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, a masters degree from Central Michigan University, and a J.D. degree (magna cum laude) from Wayne State University.

  • Consumer Bankruptcy
    This course examines a portion of state debt collection law and a basic overview of bankruptcy fundamentals with a focus on consumer bankruptcy practice under Chapters 7 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. While there are no prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students take Secured Transactions either prior to or at the same this course is taken.