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Michael S. Jan Janin

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Erie, PA





AV Preeminent Rating, Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell 2021

Attorney Jan Janin's practice involves the representation of debtors, secured creditors and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy. Particular emphasis is placed on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 debtors. His practice also involves extensive collection work on behalf of banks and credit unions. Michael's practice involves litigation in both state and federal courts of western Pennsylvania. Specifically, he is admitted to practice before all courts under the purview of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Most often, the litigation which he is involved in entails bankruptcy cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and collection work in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, Pennsylvania.


From 1983 through 1989, Michael practiced law as an associate in the Litigation Department of the law firm of Quinn, Buseck, Leemhuis, Toohey & Kroto, Inc. Since 1989, he has been a shareholder in the Litigation Department of the same law firm. There he practices in the civil litigation arenas. A significant portion of this litigation involves bankruptcy work on behalf of debtors, secured creditors and unsecured creditors. He also engages in extensive collection work. Michael also have a great deal of experience in counseling individual clients and businesses regarding their interests as it relates to both bankruptcy and collection.

Mr. Jan Janin is a debt relief agent. He helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy 50%
  • Collection 50%

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York, 2018


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • Juris Doctor - 1983
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor of Science - 1980
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Finance

Representative Cases

  • Kennedy v. Kennedy (In re Kennedy), 442 B.R. 399, 2010, W.D. Pa.
  • Chase v. Winnecour (In re Chase), 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 1587 , 2008, W.D. Pa.
  • Erie Power Techs., Inc. v. Eagle Global Logistics (In re Erie Power Techs., Inc.), 2006 Bankr. LEXIS 5091, 2006, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Specialty Retail Ventures, Inc., 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 3367, 2007, W.D. Pa.
  • Interlake S.S. Co. v. Erie Marine Enters., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19790, 1997, E.D. Pa.
  • Gruber v. Hubbard Bert Karlc Weber, Inc., 159 F.3d 780, 1998, 3rd Cir. App.
  • Equitable Life Assurance Soc. v. Salata, 774 F. Supp. 927, 1991, W.D. Pa.
  • Gruber v. Hubbard Bert Karle Weber. Inc., 675 F. Supp. 281, 1987, W.D. Pa.
  • Interlake S.S. Co. v. Erie Marine Enters., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19790, 1997, E.D. Pa.
  • Aldridge v. Dalco Elecs. Corp., 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7469, 1996, E.D. Va.
  • Pineo v. Turner (In re Turner), 274 B.R. 675, 2002, W.D. Pa.
  • Stringer v. Chrysler (In re Stringer), 262 B.R. 347, 2001, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Merchant, 256 B.R. 572, 2000, W.D. Pa.
  • Stringer v. Chrysler (In re Stringer), 252 B.R. 900, 2000, W.D. Pa.
  • United Fruit & Produce Co. v. Absolute Exterminating (In re United Fruit & Produce Co.), 242 B.R. 295, 1999, W.D. Pa.
  • White v. Dean Bros. Pump Div. of Met-Pro Corp. (In re Lyons Transp. Lines), 159 B.R. 182, 1993, W.D. Pa.
  • Hutzelman v. Luhman, 146 B.R. 163, 1992, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Mechem Fin., 125 B.R. 151, 1991, W.D. Pa.
  • Erie Hilton Joint Venture v. Prudential Ins. Co., 125 B.R. 140, 1991, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Babo, 81 B.R. 389, 1988, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Ewiak, 75 B.R. 211, 1987, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Rotunda, 53 B.R. 587, 1985, W.D. Pa.
  • In re Rotunda, 55 B.R. 386, 1985, W.D. Pa.
  • Narducci v. Mason's Discount Store, 541 A.2d 323, 1988, Pa. Sup.
  • Commonwealth v. Parker White Metal Co., 515 A.2d 1358, 1986, Pa. Sup.
  • Harford Mut. Ins. Co. v. Moorhead, 578 A.2d 492, 1990, Pa. Super.
  • Fairview Township v. Schaefer, 562 A.2d 989, 1989, Pa. Commw.
  • Seip v. Millcreek Township Supervisors, 544 A.2d 1091, 1988, Pa. Commw.
  • Commonwealth, Dep't of Transp. v. Chrzanowski, 505 A.2d 1129, 1986, Pa. Commw.
  • Kincaid Estate, 6 Pa. D. & C.4th 571, 1990, Pa. Common Pleas Court (Crawford Co.)
  • Hathaway v. Hines, 37 Pa. D. & C.3d 283, 1985, Pa. Common Pleas Court (Erie Co.)

Representative Clients

  • Erie Federal Credit Union
  • Hamlin Bank & Trust Company
  • Widget Federal Credit Union
  • Corry Federal Credit Union
  • Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Award as Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer, Erie County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys