Matthew D. Lee is a bankruptcy, restructuring, and business litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Matt has represented Chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official committees of unsecured creditors, and retained professionals in Chapter 11 cases. He has also represented defendants in avoidance actions filed under chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code.
His business litigation practice encompasses, among other areas, eminent domain proceedings, consumer class actions, antitrust matters, construction disputes, real estate and commercial foreclosure litigation, and commercial contract disputes.
He also counsels his clients before a dispute or insolvency arises on the issues of litigation avoidance, loss mitigation, and risk management.
Matt is a partner and a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices. He works in the Firm’s Madison, Wisconsin office and has practice experience nationwide.
- Represented a Madison-based developer and distributor of dietary supplements in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, achieving the successful reorganization of the debtor
- Represented chapter 11 debtors in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware and the Central District of California
- Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a manufacturer of powersports apparel and aftermarket parts and its affiliates in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
- Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a Kentucky and West Virginia-based coal company in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- Represented a nationwide restaurant franchisor in the chapter 11 cases of two of its franchisees in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- Represented a Madison-area home products manufacturer against breach of contract and private nuisance claims, securing a judgment following trial and an award of attorneys’ fees under the fee-shifting provision in the parties’ contract
- Represented secured creditors in complicated commercial foreclosure and Article 9 proceedings
Matt earned his bachelor’s degrees (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. He earned his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006, where he served as lead articles editor on the Journal of the Legal Profession.
Matt is admitted to practice in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
Representative Matters :
- Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a bank holding company in a chapter 11 reorganization case in the United State Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The committee included the indenture trustees of several issuances of trust preferred securities as well as senior noteholders.
- Foley successfully defended the client’s right to take challenge to condemnation, allowing project to proceed as scheduled.
- Judgment was granted for our client as a matter of law on issues relating to secured claim and anti-modification provisions of Section 1322(b)(2) in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin.
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