James Sweet

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Madison, WI

Steinhilber Swanson LLP
 | 122 W Washington Ave, Suite 850
Madison, WI 53703-2732
Phone: 608-310-5501
Fax: 608-630-8991
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (50%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (30%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    As partner at Steinhilber Swanson LLP, James Sweet represents individuals and businesses in Wisconsin, northern Iowa, Minnesota, Delaware and Northern Illinois in cases of bankruptcy.  He represaents clients in Wisconsin in purchase or sale of business assets, state court receiverships and out-of-court restructuring, workouts and reorganizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, named to the Best Lawyers in America list and a top lawyer named by Madison Magazine. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, Mr. Sweet earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Sweet is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Sweet attended UW School of Law for his Juris Doctor in 1978.

    He has been the president, chairman of the board, a member of the board of directors, chairman of the standards committee and treasurer for the American Board of Certification. A member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Sweet was also on the board of governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Sweet has represented receivers, bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, debtors, banks and other creditors. He regularly presents and lectures on topics of insolvency and bankruptcy throughout the Midwest and is ranked by Madison Magazine as one of the top financial services/commercial lending law and bankruptcy lawyers in Dane County.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Bankruptcy: Business
    • 30%Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
    • 20%Mergers & Acquisitions
    Focus Areas

    Bankruptcy Law, Collections, Debt Discharge, Loan Modifications


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About James Sweet

    Admitted: 1978, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage: https://www.steinhilberswanson.com/attorney/james-d-sweet/


    • Co-winner, Turnaround Management Association National and Midwest Small Company Transaction Awards, 2015 - Present
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
    • Top Lawyer, Madison Magazine
    • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2014
    • Co-winner, 8th annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, 2014 - Present
    • Turnaround Award, M&A Advisors, 2011
    • One of the Top Financial Services/Commercial Lending Law and Bankruptcy Lawyers, Madison Magazine
    • Steering Committee Member and Judge, Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, 2010
    • Advisory Board Member, St. John's University, Masters in Bankruptcy Program, 2009
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyers Top 25 Madison
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Treasurer, American Boards of Certification, 1995
    • President, American Board of Certification, 1997 - 1998
    • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE Committee, 1991 - 2000
    • Treasurer, American Board of Certification, 1995 - 1996
    • Past President and Founding Member, Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Bar Association
    • Chairman, American Board of Certification, Standards Committee, 1995 - 1996
    • Chairman, American Board of Certification, 1998 - 1999
    • Wisconsin, 1978
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2009
    • Chairman, American Boards of Certification, 1998
    • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Board of Governors, 1988 - 1991
    • Chairman, State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE Committee (ATS-CLE), 1989 - 1991, 1996 - 2000
    • Member, Dane County Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute, Professional Compensation Committee, 1999 - 2005
    • Member, ABI Special Fee Study Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2005 - Present
    • Co-founder and President, Western District Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1996
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1978
    • Member, American Boards of Certification, Standards Committee, 1992
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1983
    • President, American Boards of Certification, 1997
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Chairman and Past Program Chairman, State Bar of Wisconsin, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section, 1991 - 1995
    • American Board of Certification, Board of Directors, 1991 - 2001
    • Chairman, American Bankruptcy Institute, Western District Membership Committee, 1991 - Present
    • Member, Commercial Law League of America
    • Member, American Board of Certification, Standards Committee, 1992 - 1997
    • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Board member, American Boards of Certification, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1981

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Past President and Chairman of the Board, Bishops Bay Country Club, 2010
    • Bishops Bay Country Club, Board of Directors, 2003 - Present
    • Bishops Bay Country Club, President, 2003 - 2010

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Guest lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights General Practice Course, 1998
    • Collection and Bankruptcy, Volume 4, Outlines State and Federal Insolvency Practices and Procedures for Wisconsin Practitioners, Wisconsin Business Advisor Series, State Bar of Wisconsin, Co-Author, 2006
    • SBI Annual Bankruptcy Seminar

    Educational Background:

    • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, B.A., 1975

    Industry Groups

    • Middle Market Companies--all Sectors; Closely-held And Family Companies--all Sectors
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    Office Location for James Sweet

    122 W Washington Ave
    Suite 850
    Madison, WI 53703-2732

    Phone: 608-310-5501

    Fax: 608-630-8991

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