Rebecca R. DeMarb

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Madison, WI

DeMarb Brophy LLC
 | 118 E Washington Ave, Suite 300
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-310-5500
Fax: 608-310-5525
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (40%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Rebecca R. DeMarb is a partner at DeMarb Brophy LLC in Madison, Wisconsin.  Ms. DeMarb represents businesses in financial distress in and out of court, and in both state and federal courts, in bankruptcy, workouts and the sale of assets. Ms. DeMarb often serves as a receiver for operating businesses and real estate assets. 

    After receiving a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science from Loyola University Chicago in 1994, Ms. DeMarb pursued her legal studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1997. She was an attorney with several highly regarded law firms before joining the predecessor to Sweet DeMarb LLC in 2012. Admitted to practice in Wisconsin, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

    Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. DeMarb has received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In 2014, she was a winner of the eighth annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Award for her work on a Chapter 11 case involving Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., and in 2016 she was a winner of the tenth annual M&A Advisor Small Transaction Award.  In 2015, she was a winner of the Turnaround Management Association Midwest and National Awards.   Ms. DeMarb is often asked to speak before groups of fellow attorneys on topics related to her area of practice. She is a member of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Turnaround Management Association.  She served on the Board for the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin from 2013-2016.

    We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

    *AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Bankruptcy: Business
    • 40%Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Bankruptcy Law, Debt Discharge, Foreclosure, Business Organizations


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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    About Rebecca DeMarb

    Admitted: 1997, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Co-Winner, 9th Turnaround Management Association National, 2015
    • Co-Winner, Midwest Small Company Transaction Awards
    • Best Lawyers, 2019
    • Honoree, Wisconsin Law Journal, Women in the Law
    • Chicago/Midwest, Small Company Transaction of the Year, Turnaround Management Association, 2015
    • Top 25 Female Attorneys, Super Lawyers, 2010, 2015 - 2017
    • Top 25 Attorneys, 2015 - 2017
    • TMA Midwest Award for Small Transaction of the Year, 2015
    • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell peer Review Ratings, 2012
    • 10th Annual M&A Advisor Award for Small Transaction of the Year, 2016
    • 8th Annual M & A Advisor Turnaround Awards for the Anchor BanCorp, Inc., Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, 2014
    • TMA National Award for Small Transaction of the Year, 2015
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyers list in Debtor-Creditor Rights, since 2008

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification, 2005 - present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC"), founder of Wisconsin Network, Chair of Wisconsin Network.
    • IWIRC - Vice Chair of Spring Programs for International Board, 2020
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1997
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member.  Central States Advisory Board, 2019-Present.
    • Turnaround Management Association, Milwaukee Committee Member, 2013
    • Wisconsin, 1997
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2000
    • State Bar of Wisconsin, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Section, Board Member, 2014-2016
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000
    • Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Bar
    • Turnaround Management Association, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Odd Statutory Liens”, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, 2016
    • Panel member for presentation on piercing the corporate veil., Panel Member, Piercing the Corporate Veil, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Update, 2016
    • Presentation on options for a more efficient Chapter 11 case., Panel Member, The Efficient Chapter 11 Case, State Bar of WI BICR Retreat, 2017
    • “A Guide to Garnishments”, State Bar of Wisconsin Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Annual Update, October 2015
    • “Headaches, Relief and Other Remedies”, American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Conference, 2016
    • "Worth the Jump: A Couple of Stories About Finding and Realizing Value," USLFG Bankruptcy Group Meeting, October 18, 2013
    • “Piercing the Corporate Veil”, State Bar of Wisconsin, Annual Bankruptcy Update, November 2016
    • “The Efficient Chapter 11 Case”, State Bar of Wisconsin BICR Retreat, 2017
    • Co-Author, Collection Remedies and Workers Nonbankruptcy Alternatives & Bankruptcy, Business Law Advisory Series Wisconsin CLE Books, 2006
    • Co-Author, Professionals Beware! Pitfalls to Getting and Keeping Compensation, International Insolvency Review, Fall/Winter, 2004
    • Contributing Author “Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook”, Volume II, Civil, 3rd Ed., Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2008 - Present
    • “Preferences: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t,” 2014 State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Update
    • “So, You Want to be a Supplemental Receiver? Keep Reading, You May Change Your Mind,” WDBB, May 14, 2015
    • “Associated Bank N.A. v. Collier and Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. v. Town Bank: A Sea of Change on Wisconsin Receivership Law and Its Impact on Federal Litigation,” 2015 CDWBA Annual Meeting, May 20, 2015
    • “Associated Bank N.A. v. Collier and Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. v. Town Bank: A Sea of Change on Wisconsin Receivership Law and Its Impact on Federal Litigation,” 2015 CDWBA Annual Meeting, May 20, 2015
    • “TMA: Advanced Education Session: What Did I Get Myself Into? Ethical Issues in Distressed Deals,” The Annual TMA Meeting, Toronto, Canada, September 29, 2014
    • “Ethical Issues in Distressed Deals,” Turnaround Management Association, September 24, 2013
    • University of Wisconsin, Lawyering Skills Course
    • Judgment Enforcement, Lorman Education


    • In re FOC, Inc, et. al, 17-00463 (Debtors' Counsel, Chapter 11 for Fauser Oil Co., Inc., N.D. Iowa), 2017
    • In re GreenWhey Energy, Inc., 16-CV-164 (Chapter 128 Receivership in Polk County, WI), 2016
    • In re Flambeau River Papers, LLC, 19 –CV– 34 (Chapter 128 Receiver in Price County, WI), 2019
    • In re DDS 2019 and In re DDD 2019, LLC (Chapter 11 for Death's Door Spirits, LLC, W.D. Wis.) , 2018
    • State Bank of Cross Plains V. Raemisch Imp., Inc., II CV. 3883 (Dane County 2011)(Chapter 128 Receivership)
    • In re GreenWhey Energy, Inc., 16-CV-164
    • In re SnowTracks Winter Commercial Management, Inc., 17-10755
    • Debtors' Counsel, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Fauser Oil Col, Inc., et al, ND Iowa, 17-bk-00466 (Combined Plan Confirmed), 2018
    • Stainless Steel Fabricating, Inc. 10-18550 (WD WIS. Bankr 2010)(Chapter 11 Bankruptcy)
    • In re Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., Case No. 13-14003 (WD Wis. Bankr. 2013)
    • Nicolet National Bank v. Whitefield Industrial Coatings, Inc., et al. 12 CV 732, Brown County, Wisconsin (2012)(Chapter 128 Receivership)
    • Sold Out LLC v. 216 State Street, LLC, et. al. (Dane County 2012)(Orpheum Theater Foreclosure Receiver)
    • Debtor's Counsel, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Community Health Services, Inc., 14-11319, W.D. Wis. Bankr., 2014


    • Sale of assets of Great Big Pictures, Inc., 2015

    Educational Background:

    • University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, 1997
    • Loyola University Chicago, B.A, magna cum laude, Political Science, 1994


    • “Ms. DeMarb is an outstanding lawyer with superb skills in various aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors rights.”
    • “Excellent attorney; smart and practical.”
    • “Rebecca is a skilled, no-nonsense, results-driven attorney.”
    • “Rebecca Demarb is a bright and hardworking lawyer with excellent skills in bankruptcy.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Rebecca R. DeMarb

    118 E Washington Ave
    Suite 300
    Madison, WI 53703

    Phone: 608-310-5500

    Fax: 608-310-5525

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