Clark Hill PLC Attorney Joel D. Applebaum Appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid and Defender Association
– Clark Hill attorney Joel D. Applebaum was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), effective January 1, 2012. Applebaum is a member in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office where he practices in the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Applebaum previously served as Secretary of LAD, and has served on the Board of Directors for more than a decade, beginning in 2000.
LAD was founded in 1909 to provide free civil legal services the poor in Detroit, particularly focusing on assisting immigrants from Europe and the South. Over time, the organization began to handle criminal cases as well and, in 2003, LAD expanded its services to provide civil legal services to residents of Macomb and Oakland counties.
In his practice, Applebaum represents debtors, creditors’ committees, customers, trade vendors, purchasers of distressed assets, liquidating agents and trustees, among other parties in interest, in bankruptcy courts in Michigan and throughout the United States.
Applebaum earned his B.A. from Michigan State University (1979) and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School (1983).