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“I am so very glad that Frank is representing us. He has protected the bank, handled our anxiety and done a fantastic job of digging in on the most complex collection we have ever had.”

Chief Credit Officer, local bank

Overview

Frank’s thought leadership and commitment to clients make him a leader in his market.

For more than 20 years, Frank has focused his practice on insolvency proceedings, including corporate reorganization cases, liquidations and receiverships, and other litigation and trial work arising from sophisticated commercial transactions. His clients have included debtors, financial institutions, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, asset purchasers, and both secured and unsecured creditors.

Frank places a high priority on developing and nurturing client relationships. He is known for his responsive communication, his personal commitment to cases, and his composure in complex and challenging circumstances. Frank understands clients’ businesses and protects their interests through gifted writing, persuasive analysis and zealous courtroom advocacy. He frequently writes and presents on bankruptcy and insolvency issues at local, state and regional conferences.

“I am so very glad that Frank is representing us. He has protected the bank, handled our anxiety and done a fantastic job of digging in on the most complex collection we have ever had.”

Chief Credit Officer, local bank


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2015-2018, Rising Star, 2006-2007, 2010-2012

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Wisconsin Law Review, Senior Editor
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • with distinction

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)

Languages

  • Italian, Conversant
Experience
  • Successfully restructured corporate loan through a complex bankruptcy while separately obtaining summary judgment on contract and tort claims in a state court admiralty case to recover proceeds of collateral.
  • Represented a large and sophisticated healthcare REIT in state and bankruptcy litigation involving multiple assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care facilities, including the prosecution of a competing plan of reorganization that led to a favorable settlement.
  • Successfully prosecuted contract claims to a jury trial verdict in favor of a medical research and development company to recover the full amount of purchase price following a sale of bone void substitute technology to a well-known medical devices company.
  • Successfully guided secured lender through complex collection resulting in full payment by, among other things:
    • Initiating involuntary Chapter 128 receivership petition against borrower, and leading highly contentious negotiation to convert involuntary petition into voluntary Chapter 128 case
    • Assisting with stabilization of operations at borrower’s skilled nursing facility (SNF)
    • Assisting with the resolution of labor union negotiations that threatened receiver’s efforts to sell the SNF
    • Completing sale of the SNF under challenging circumstances after first buyer terminated purchase agreement
    • Achieving temporary restraining order and favorable settlements for lender and receiver in contested litigation regarding sales of the SNF and separate low-income housing tax credit project
Thought Leadership
Seminars
Insolvency Symposium
October 05, 2016
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Outside the Office

After studying abroad in Florence as an undergraduate, Frank has made repeated trips to Italy and enjoys studying the culture and language. He is especially fond of visiting various regions connected to his family and his genealogical research.

When he’s not traveling to the Old Country, you can often find Frank working on the book he’s writing, improving his Italian, fishing or playing soccer.

Community Leadership
  • Christ King Athletic Committee, Chair
  • Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, Board of Directors
  • Neighborhood Historic Preservation Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Tosa Kickers Soccer Association, President and Chairman of the Board