Dianne S. Ruhlandt has worked as an attorney for the past 24 years, primarily representing creditors in civil litigation, debt collection and bankruptcy proceedings for area law firms. During her career, two aspects of practicing law have been particularly bothersome to her: the lack of commitment some attorneys exhibit toward representing their clients well and the high cost of retaining competent legal services. In opening her own solo practice, Dianne offers her well-honed legal skills at rates that make the legal process accessible to most businesses and individuals. She can do this by eliminating unnecessary overhead, such as not having her own brick-and-mortar office space, and by establishing a hybrid rate structure of fixed and hourly fees.
Dianne has decades of experience in courts throughout Michigan, from federal district and bankruptcy courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, to circuit and district courts across the state. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of legal matters, including breach of contract, claim and delivery, foreclosure, lease enforcement, debt collection, lien enforcement, eviction, and bankruptcy. She is proficient in all aspects of commercial collection litigation, from filing complaints to post-judgment supplementary proceedings, having represented institutional lenders, small business owners, landlords, employee benefit trust funds and secured creditors.
From 2001 until its dissolution in early 2018, she was a member of the highly-respected, creditors’ rights and collection law firm of Erman, Teicher, Zucker & Freedman, P.C. of Southfield, Michigan. Prior to admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 1999, she practiced law in the State of Florida for a number of years. She moved to Michigan in order to enjoy its beautiful, four-season climate (as opposed to Florida’s two-seasons, “hot” and “hotter”). A native of Western New York, Dianne is a 1993 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
Prior to earning a law degree as a “second” career, Dianne worked for concert promoters and theaters on the administrative side of the entertainment business, variously serving as business manager, box office manager, and promotions director in the Buffalo, New York area. She currently serves as a member of the Redford Civil Service Commission, having lived in Redford for the past 15 years. She is an active member of the Livonia Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.