Judge Walter Shapero

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division
211 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Judge Walter Shapero's Chambers, Courtroom and Associated Offices
are Located on the 10th Floor of the Theodore Levin Courthouse
231 West Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Chambers 1029
Courtroom 1042


Staff Information

Judicial Assistant:  Marsha Heinonen (313) 234-2640
Law Clerk:  Mark Bassily
Courtroom Deputy:  Sandra G. Gentle (313) 234-2643
Chamber Support Clerk:  Jane Murphy (313) 234-5196

Judge Tabs

Default Judgments
  1. Motion for default judgments will be accepted pursuant to L.B.R. 7055-1:
    1. A description of the nature of the claim;
    2. An affidavit representing that the defendant is not (I) an infant; (ii) incompetent; and is not (iii) in the military as provided in the Service Member’s Civil Relief Act.
    3. An affidavit and documentation substantiating the relevant allegations in the complaint.
  2. If the plaintiff seeks an award of damages in the motion for default judgment, the required affidavit and substantiating documentation must also include:
    1. A request for an amount equal to or less than the principal amount demanded in the complaint;
    2. Definitive information and documentation such that the amount provided for in the proposed judgment can be calculated. If this requirement cannot be satisfied, a default judgment may be granted as to liability, and damages will be determined at an evidentiary hearing.
    3. An affidavit representing that no part of the judgment sought has been paid, other than as indicated in the motion;
    4. A request for interest, if interest is sought, on the principal amount not to exceed the judgment rate under Michigan Law or authority if a different rate is sought; and
    5. The calculations made in arriving at the proposed judgment amount.
  3. The motion for default judgment must be accompanied by a proposed judgment pursuant to L.B.R. 7055-1.
  4. The Court may also request a hearing on the motion at its descretion.