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Overview

Frank concentrates his practice on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Frank has represented debtors, financial institutions, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured creditors and unsecured creditors in reorganization cases, liquidations, workouts, Chapter 128 receiverships and other insolvency proceedings. He also focuses on litigation and trial work in matters involving sophisticated commercial transactions.

Frank develops and nurtures strong client relationships with genuine personal interaction, responsiveness, and composure in complex and challenging circumstances. The Chief Credit Officer of a local bank praised Frank, saying "I am so very glad that you are representing us. You have protected the bank, handled our anxiety and done a fantastic job of digging in on the most complex collection we have ever had at the bank."

For more than 20 years, he has forcefully championed his clients’ interests with erudite legal analysis, remarkable writing, and effective courtroom advocacy. Frank’s thought leadership and personal commitment to clients make him a leader in his market. He often presents on bankruptcy and insolvency issues for his clients and at local, state and regional conferences.


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Recognition

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2015-2017, Rising Star, 2006-2007, 2010-2012

Education

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

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • 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
Experience
  • Represented a secured lender on corporate and personal loans in default and bankruptcy by successfully restructuring loans through complex corporate bankruptcy. Separately obtained summary judgment on contract and tort claims in a state court admiralty case to recover proceeds of collateral.
  • 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
Community Leadership
  • Christ King Athletic Committee, Vice Chair
  • Neighborhood Historic Preservation Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Tosa Kickers Soccer Association, Board of Directors