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Awards, Honors and Professional Accomplishments

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented secured lenders in a variety of commercial lending transactions, including bond financing, tenants in common (TIC) loans, and investment rate swap transactions
  • Successfully negotiated financial workout agreements for companies owing millions in debt
    Successfully negotiated resolutions to chapter 11 corporate bankruptcies on behalf of secured lenders
  • Obtained summary judgment in contested land contract dispute
  • Represented buyers and sellers in various business transactions, including commercial real estate sales and business acquisitions or sales
  • Represented creditors in chapter 12 farm bankruptcies and obtained favorable plan treatment or other successful resolutions
  • Drafted or revised corporate transactional documents for numerous lender clients, including credit applications and terms and conditions for sale transactions
  • Negotiated forbearance agreements on behalf of lenders and borrowers
  • Represented the debtor in a chapter 11 corporate restructuring and obtained a negotiated “exit strategy”
  • Represented company and principal in obtaining judgment in litigation over interpretation of buy-sell agreement with departing shareholder
  • Represented intervening party in corporate dissolution proceedings and obtained successful results
  • Represented plaintiffs in non-dischargeability proceedings and obtained favorable outcomes
  • Represented defendants in preference litigation and obtained favorable results
  • Represented creditors in Wisconsin Chapter 128 receivership proceedings
  • Represented unsecured creditors committee in chapter 11 proceedings and prosecuted successful avoidance actions and liquidated assets of debtor
  • Represented defendant in litigation over alleged violation of “factoring” notice issued by lender under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Represented defendant in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act litigation

HONORS/ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell AV-Preeminent Ranking
  • Listed in America’s Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & Word Reports
  • Subchapter V Small Business Bankruptcy Trustee for Region 11
    Chair, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Vice President, Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Eau Claire County Bar Association
  • Tri-County Bar Association
  • Chippewa County Bar Association
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Bar Association

NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Program Master of Ceremonies/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2020).

  • Chapter 12 Unobstructed: Why All Bankruptcy Attorneys Should Know the Basics of Chapter 12, 34th Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association (December 2019)

  • Program Master of Ceremonies/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2019)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2018)

  • Moderator, Chapter 11 breakout session on complex confirmation issues, 13th Annual Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors Rights Section Social/Retreat (March 2018)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2017)

  • Bankruptcy Panelist, National Business Institute Seminar, Tax 101 for Non-Tax Attorneys (August 2017)

  • Panelist, Good Faith and the Bankruptcy Code, 2017 Northwestern Bankruptcy Institute (April 2017)

  • Debate panelist on dischargeability of income tax obligations for “late-filed returns” at the 12th Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat (March 2017)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (October 2016)

  • Panelist, “Law v. Siegel and the Ever-Changing Face of Exemptions” at the Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (October 2016)

  • Bankruptcy Panelist, National Business Institute Seminar, Tax 101 for Non-Tax Attorneys (August 2016)

  • Panelist for legal ethics presentation at the American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop (June 2016)

  • Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy (May 2016)
    Panelist for session on “Retooling for the Good Economy” at the 11th Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat (March 2016)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Advanced Foreclosure: Top 10 Challenges (December 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Bankruptcy Institute Seminar, Top 11 Complications in Bankruptcy (September 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Foreclosure from Start to Finish (June 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter/Moderator, Clearing the Air: Frac Sand Mining Interests in Bankruptcy at the Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute (April 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, New Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, and Fees You Must Know (January 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy update (November 2014)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Farm Leases (February 2014)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update at the Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute (April 2013)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2013)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2012)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2011)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2010)

  • Panelist/Presenter National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2009)

  • Section 9-403(1) of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Common Law Presumption of Receipt: May Mere Mailing Constitute Presentation of a Financing Statement? (UCC Bulletin, August 1996)

  • Remedy or Penalty: The Enforceability of Acceleration of Rents Provisions in Commercial Leases in Oklahoma (Oklahoma Bar Journal, September 1995)

  • Lien Avoidance, Tools of the Trade, and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994: What Are We Supposed to do with Section 522(f)(3)? (Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, August 1995)

  • Objections to the Value of Exempt Property: Semantic Game or Viable Option? (Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, June 1995)Program Master of Ceremonies/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2020).
    Chapter 12 Unobstructed: Why All Bankruptcy Attorneys Should Know the Basics of Chapter 12, 34th Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association (December 2019)

  • Program Master of Ceremonies/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2019)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2018)

  • Moderator, Chapter 11 breakout session on complex confirmation issues, 13th Annual Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors Rights Section Social/Retreat (March 2018)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2017)

  • Bankruptcy Panelist, National Business Institute Seminar, Tax 101 for Non-Tax Attorneys (August 2017)

  • Panelist, Good Faith and the Bankruptcy Code, 2017 Northwestern Bankruptcy Institute (April 2017)
    Debate panelist on dischargeability of income tax obligations for “late-filed returns” at the 12th Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat (March 2017)

  • Program Co-Chair/Presenter of National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (October 2016)

  • Panelist, “Law v. Siegel and the Ever-Changing Face of Exemptions” at the Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (October 2016)
    Bankruptcy Panelist, National Business Institute Seminar, Tax 101 for Non-Tax Attorneys (August 2016)

  • Panelist for legal ethics presentation at the American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop (June 2016)

  • Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy (May 2016)

  • Panelist for session on “Retooling for the Good Economy” at the 11th Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat (March 2016)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Advanced Foreclosure: Top 10 Challenges (December 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (November 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Bankruptcy Institute Seminar, Top 11 Complications in Bankruptcy (September 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Foreclosure from Start to Finish (June 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter/Moderator, Clearing the Air: Frac Sand Mining Interests in Bankruptcy at the Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute (April 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, New Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, and Fees You Must Know (January 2015)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy update (November 2014)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar, Farm Leases (February 2014)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update at the Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute (April 2013)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2013)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2012)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2011)

  • Panelist/Presenter, National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2010)

  • Panelist/Presenter National Case Law Update, Wisconsin State Bar Annual Bankruptcy Update (Fall 2009)

  • Section 9-403(1) of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Common Law Presumption of Receipt: May Mere Mailing Constitute Presentation of a Financing Statement? (UCC Bulletin, August 1996)

  • Remedy or Penalty: The Enforceability of Acceleration of Rents Provisions in Commercial Leases in Oklahoma (Oklahoma Bar Journal, September 1995)

  • Lien Avoidance, Tools of the Trade, and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994: What Are We Supposed to do with Section 522(f)(3)? (Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, August 1995)
    Objections to the Value of Exempt Property: Semantic Game or Viable Option? (Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, June 1995)

  • Bearding the Lion in Daniel’s Den: Uselton v. Commercial Lovelace Motor Freight and Voluntary, Contributory Employee Benefit Plans as Investment Contract Securities (Oklahoma Law Review, 1992)

  • Bearding the Lion in Daniel’s Den: Uselton v. Commercial Lovelace Motor Freight and Voluntary, Contributory Employee Benefit Plans as Investment Contract Securities (Oklahoma Law Review, 1992)