Seth E. Dizard

Seth E. Dizard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Creditor Debtor Rights Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
 | 111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-276-5000
Fax: 414-276-6581
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2009
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (80%),
  • Banking (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As the head of the firm’s Banking & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Seth regularly serves as a court-appointed receiver throughout the State of Wisconsin for businesses, construction projects, real estate developments, marital and family estates, rental income properties, and high net worth individuals. He also represents financial institutions, secured and unsecured corporate or individual creditors, and financially troubled corporations in both state and federal courts. He also assists business owners by guiding them through the process of informal financial work-outs and refinancing. Seth has extensive experience serving as court-appointed receiver, and representing court-appointed receivers, throughout the state in assignments for the benefit of creditors (Chapter 128 Receiverships), in addition to real estate foreclosures, the winding-up of closely held corporations, and complex post-judgment collection matters. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has managed and transitioned over $100,000,000 in assets. Seth also assists clients with the acquisition or disposition of businesses and/or business assets in insolvency proceedings, as well as representation of both secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings across the country.

Seth Assists Clients With

  • Structuring financial transactions and workouts
  • Representing financial institutions as well as secured and unsecured corporate or individual creditors in state and federal courts
  • Acquisition or disposition of businesses in insolvency proceedings
  • Complex post-judgment collection matters

About Seth Dizard

Admitted: 1997, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.wilaw.com/attorney/seth-e-dizard/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected for inclusion in 2011 The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; and 2012–2019– Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy  
  • 2017 Legal Innovator Award Recipient, State Bar of Wisconsin  
  • Selected for inclusion in 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer Media, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™–AV Preeminent, reflecting an attorney who has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity
  • He has a 10.0 out of 10.0 rating by Avvo, a national attorney rating service which uses a mathematical model to rate attorneys based on experience, professional achievements, industry recognition, and professional conduct  

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Wisconsin State Bar–Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors’ Rights Section
  • Chair, Milwaukee Bar Association–Bankruptcy Section
  • Associate Member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, 2016
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Uniform Law Commission  
  • Bench/Bar Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • TBL (Tosa Baseball League) (2012-2015)
  • National Board of Directors, Ruffed Grouse Society (2017-present)  
  • North Central Little League (2007-2014)
  • Tosa East Athletic Booster Club
  • Wauwatosa East Jr. Red Raiders - Baseball (2013-2015)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong, and Laing S.C. Seminar, 2015 Hot Topics for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners seminar, October 2015
  • Speaker, “Environmental Issues in the Foreclosure Process”  
  • Speaker, “The Role of “Special Masters”: What Makes You Special and Why,” The Legal Ins and Outs of Special Masters and Other Alternative Disputes Resolution Options in Family Court Cases, May 2016  
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin Foreclosures and Work-Outs,” National Business Institute, August 2014  
  • Speaker, “Chapter 128 Receiverships; Overview & Perspectives,” O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, 2014 Hot Topics for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners seminar, October 2014  
  • Speaker, “Demystifying WI Receiverships,” Wisconsin Association for Legal Professionals, May 2014  
  • Speaker, “Email Etiquette” Know Your Writes: Next Level Legal Writing, May 2017  

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Receivership Cases: Albert H. Beaver, et al. v. Cynthia Zellner-Ehlers, et al., Door County Case No. 00-CV-94 • Albert H. Beaver, et al. v. County of Door, Door County Case No. 00-CV-111 • In re the marriage of: Anne Marie Ohrmundt and John Lee Ohrmundt, Marathon County Case No. 06-FA-416 • Tammy Trau, et al., v. Nick G. Takton, et al., Washington County Case No. 06-CV-624 • In re Highline Industries, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 06-CV-1350 • In re the marriage of: Christine Dolhun and Theodore E. Dolhun, Waukesha County Case No. 07-FA-418 • M&I Marshall Ilsley Bank v. Flyway Automotive, LLC, et al., Dodge County Case No. 07-CV-838 • In re Tractor Loader Sales, Waukesha County Case No. 07-CV-2207 • In re Bob’s Homes, Inc., Brown County Case No. 07-CV-2673 • Enterprise Drive LLC, v. Hometown Holdings, LLC, et al., Dane County Case No. 07-CV-4742 • In re Nicholas Investments, LLC, Brown County Case No. 08-CV-344 • In re Wilderness Log Homes, Inc., Sheboygan County Case No. 08-CV-385 • In re Downtown Neenah Properties, LLC, Winnebago County Case No. 08-CV-389 • First Citizens State Bank v. Parkside Marina, LLC, et al., Walworth County Case No. 08-CV-623 • North Shore Bank FSB v. Rston Investments LLC, Brown County Case No. 08-CV-879 • M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank v. Naatz Developments, LLC, Rock County Case No. 08-CV-922 • Kennedy Funding, Inc. v. Wight River Crossing, et al., Walworth County Case No. 08-CV-968 • In re United Amerindian Center, Inc., Brown County Case No. 08-CV-1622 • National Civil Liberties Research Foundation, Inc. v. Joseph D. Merkel, Waukesha County Case No. 08-CV-1187 • M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank v. Lube/Wash Express, Inc., et al., Rock County Case No. 08-CV-1409 • In re Vision Controls Corporation, Waukesha County Case No. 08-CV-3063 • Community Bank & Trust v. Reliant Glass & Door Systems LLC, et al., Sheboygan County Case No. 09-CV-77 • Kohler Co. v. National Environmental Solutions LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-0309 • In re Swifthaven Watertown Assisted Living LLC, Jefferson County Case No. 09-CV-329 • In re Swifthaven Watertown LLC, Jefferson County Case No. 09-CV-330 • In re Johnson Bank v. Wessing Industries, Inc., et al., Sheboygan County Case No. 09-CV-497 • In re Integrity Machine Corporation, Dodge County Case No. 09-CV-1081 • In re Suamico Development, LLC, Brown County Case No. 09-CV-1389 • In re Gillett Services, Inc., Racine County Case No. 09-CV-2037 • 4688 Golden Pond Park Court, LLC v. Juza Investments, LLC, Brown County Case No. 09-CV-2126 • In re Electro Energy Supply, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 09-CV-2544 • In re East Milwaukee Operating Associates, Limited Partnership, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-3036 • In re Bethesda Real Estate, Inc. d/b/a First Realty GMAC Real Estate, Waukesha County Case No. 09-CV-3911 • In re Heartland Homebuyers, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-3944 • In re Heartland Real Estate, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-3945 • M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank v. Rana Oil Co., LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-7991 • In re Carter Consulting, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-8633 • In re Doc Milwaukee, LP, Milwaukee County Case No. 09-CV-9785 • In re Fisca Oil Co., Inc., Chapter 11 Trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin Case No. 09-21519-PP • Hometown Bank v. Shreeji Shyam, LLC, et al., Wood County Case No. 10-CV-190 • In re E&G Repair, LLC, Fond Du Lac County Case No. 10-CV-541 • In re Henri’s Music Company, Inc., Brown County Case No. 10-CV-754 • In re Topper Industrial, Inc., Racine County Case No. 10-CV-782 • In re Mainka Enterprises, LLC, Waukesha County Case No. 10-CV-842 • In re Manutec, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 10-CV-2388 • In re David G. Davis and Sandra F. Davis, Milwaukee County Case No. 10-CV-3226 • In re Imagemark, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 10-CV-3531 • In re Masterlink Corporation, Waukesha County Case No. 10-CV-3566 • In re Green Bay Bowling Center, LLC, Dane County Case No. 10-CV-4784 • Anchor Bank, FSB v. Harbor Heights of Sheboygan, et al., Sheboygan County Case No. 10-CV-1385   • The National Bank, et al. v. Wisconsin Construction Specialties, Inc., et al., Waukesha County Case No. 10-CV-2820 • In re Meadowbrook Country Club, Inc., Racine County Case No. 10-CV-3631 • In re Expert Foundry Services, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 10-CV-18504 • In re Alpha Neonx Sign & Lighting, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 10-CV-20060 • In re Oshkosh Floor Design, Inc., Winnebago County Case No. 11-CV-306 • First Business Bank – Milwaukee v. Senior Community Center of Waupun, LLC, et al., Waukesha County Case No. 11- CV-348 • Harris N.A. N/K/A Harris Bank N.A. v. Kevin J. Kleinert, et al., Manitowoc County Case No. 11-CV-438 • In re Champion Environmental Services, Inc., Jefferson County Case No. 11-CV-486 • In re Rynders Realty, Inc., Oneida County Case No. 11-CV-491 • In re Leroy Butler Ford of Waupaca, Inc., Waupaca County Case No. 11-CV-582 • BMO Harris Bank National Association, et al. v. Richard E. Meyer, et al., Sauk County Case No. 11-CV-610 • BMO Harris Bank N.A., et al. v. Benley Court II, LLC, Kevin J. Kleinert, Manitowoc County Case No. 11-CV-737 • Harris National Association, et al. v. Double Diamond Properties, LLC, et al., Racine County Case No. 11-CV-772 • In re Tri-Star Tool & Machine, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 11-CV-1483 • In re MBAS, LLC, Dane County Case No. 11-CV-1827 • In re Becker Electrical Group, Inc., Kenosha County Case No. 11-CV-2110 • In re David W. Namowicz v. Miranda D. Meyer, Racine County Case No. 11-CV-2174 • In re Baraboo Lanes, Inc., Dane County Case No. 11-CV-2775 • In re Westwood Aluminum Castings, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 11-CV-02994 • In re Antigo Bowling Center, Inc., Dane County Case No. 11-CV-3463 • In re Village of Menomonee Falls v. Lodging Investors of Menomonee Falls, LLC, Waukesha County Case No. 11-CV- 3946 • In re Wildcat Lanes, Inc., Dane County Case No. 11-CV-4077 • In re Robert’s Roofing & Siding, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 11-CV-6215 • In re Verlo Mattress Factory and Outlets of Greater Milwaukee, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 11-CV-7287 • In re Milwaukee Marble & Granite Co., Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 11-CV-18346 • In re Pinewood Company, LLC and Struck Oil, Inc., Door County Case No. 12-CV-71 • In re Two Scoops, LLC, Door County Case No. 12-CV-83 • In re Great Lakes Inn Management, Inc., Brown County Case No. 12-CV-466 • BMO Harris Bank N.A., et al. v. Erie Road Developers, LLC, et al., Brown County Case No. 12-CV-522 • Beechwood Cheese Co. and Bullpen Enterprises 1598, LLC, Sheboygan County Case No. 12-CV-737 • In re Green Bay Hotels LLC and Hotel Management Inc., Brown County Case No. 12-CV-774 • In re Badger 316, LLC, Dane County Case No. 12-CV-986 • In re GOB WP CG, LLC, Racine County Case No. 12-CV-1137 • In re Warobick Enterprises LLC and KSGOLF, LLC, Waukesha County Case No. 12-CV-1681 • In re Sid and Elaine, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 12-CV-1974 • Diamond Cut, Inc. v. DCI, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 12-CV-2970 • In re Hillcraft, Ltd., Dane County Case No. 12-CV-3519 • FS Future Enterprise, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 12-CV-6548 • In re Z Basics, Inc., Sauk County Case No. 12-CV-0859 • In re Utica Energy, LLC, Winnebago County Case No. 12-CV-1743 • In re Stein’s Jewelers, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-2452 • In re Frederick O. Utecht, d/b/a Elkhart Lake Subway, d/b/a Random Lake Subway, d/b/a Fredonia Subway, d/b/a Belgium Subway, Utecht, Inc., and Utecht Property Management, LLC, Ozaukee County Case No. 13-CV-41 • SXP Analytics, LLC et al v. Vitaliy Godlevsky, Milwaukee County Case No. 11-CV-16686 • In re Insigne Real Estate Company, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-437 • Citizens Bank of Mukwonago v. Edgewood Contractors, Inc., and Gayle M. Schmitt, Waukesha County Case No. 11-CV- 2321 • Anchorbank, fsb. v. Berkeley Investments, LLC, Berkeley Properties, LLC, Steven W. Vanden Noven, and The Woodlands Condominium Homeowners Association, Milwaukee County Case No. 12-CV-13456 • BMO Harris Bank National Association v. Brunette Properties of Green Bay, LLC, Brown County Case No. 13-CV-703   • In re Oracular, Inc., Oracular Milwaukee, LLC, and Oracular Consulting, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-4285 • In re Dos Locos, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-5420 • In re Bell v. Bell, Special Master, Waukesha County Case No. 2012-FA-1164, Family Court Branch • In re BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. JBGG, LLC, et al., Fond du Lac County Case No. 13-CV-291 • In re Weston Lanes, Inc., Marathon County Case No. 13-CV-600 • In re Palmer Company, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 13-CV-01932 • In re CPI Promotions, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 13-CV-02010 • In re Bahrick Wisconsin Avenue, LLC, et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-007885 • Carhart-Halaska International, LLC and Halaska International, Inc. v. Carhart, Inc. and Chris E. Carhart v. Christopher G. Halaska, Ozaukee County Case No. 12-CV-000613 • In re Malnekoff Enterprises, Inc., Racine County Case No. 14-CV-0848 • Grade A Construction, Inc., et al v. Layton State Bank, et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-8246; and Layton State Bank v. Grade A Construction, Inc., et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 13-CV-8305 • In re SINB Group North American Investment, LLC, Racine County Case No. 14-CV-0935 • AnchorBank, FSB v. DeLeers Architectural Millwork, Inc., et al., Brown County Case No. 14-CV-452 • Robert Settecase and Premier Milwaukee, LLC v. Dustin Bowie a/k/a Floyd D. Bowie III, Milwaukee County Case No. 14-CV-1323; and F. Dustin Bowie v. Rob Settecase, Milwaukee County Case No. 14-CV-2505 • First Bank Financial Centre v. Rolling Hills Country Club, LLC, et al., Waukesha County Case No. 14-CV-1225 • VFC Partners 14 LLC v. Wisconsin Real Estate, LLC, et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 12-CV-8669 • First Midwest Bank v. BBJ Development-Sturtevant, LLC, et al, Racine County Case No. 14-CV-1259 • Ryan Schulz v. Mike Barkes d/b/a Boats R Us, Walworth County Case No. 12-CV-1417 • In re NHD, LLC, Waukesha County Case No. 14-CV-2250 • In re H&S Landscape Products, Inc., Waukesha County Case No. 15-CV-00183 • BMO Harris Bank v. Muskego Motor Car Company, Inc., et al., Waukesha County Case No. 15-CV-303 • Citizens Bank of Mukwonago v. James L. Ebert, Mary T. Ebert, et al., Waukesha County Case No. 14-CV-1994 • In re Heavy Metal Fabricators, LLC; and HMF Real Estate Holdings, LLC, Manitowoc County Case No. 15-CV-132 • The City of Milwaukee v. Daron L. Maye and Johnether Maye, Milwaukee County Case No. 14-CV-1597 • The City of Milwaukee v. NTO, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 15-CV-5210 • Paula Nelson v. Rickey Nelson, Milwaukee County Case No. 15-CV-6399 • Green Lake Investors, LLC, d/b/a Plastic Services, Waukesha County Case No. 15-CV-2171 • In re the Marriage of Eleonora Milshteyn and Mark Leonid Milshteyn, Ozaukee County Case No. 13-FA-218 • In re Rainbow Home Center, Inc., Barron County Case No. 16-CV-111 • In re Chequamegon Bay Group, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 16-CV-3015 • Wisconsin Bank & Trust v. Sheboygan Scrap Metals Inc., et al, Sheboygan County Case No. 16-CV-113 • The City of Milwaukee v. Estate of Thelma Bush et al, Milwaukee County Case No. 15-CV-8702 • The City of Milwaukee v. J. Jesus Gamez, Milwaukee County Case No. 15-CV-10282 • Pioneer Roofing, LLC, et al. v. John H. Boettcher, et al., Waukesha County Case No. 16-CV-991 • In re Service Litho-Print, Inc., Winnebago County Case No. 16-CV-860 • In re Target Corporation, Kenosha County Case No. 16-CV-1210 • Sabra Phoenix Wisconsin, LLC vs. First Phoenix – Marshfield II, LLC et al, Wood County Case No. 16-CV-293 • Park Bank vs. Odaat, Inc., Milwaukee County Case No. 16-CV-6051 • City of Milwaukee v. Mohammad A. Choudry et al, Milwaukee County Case No. 16-CV-8057 • Park Bank vs. Cedar House, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 16-CV-6050 • City of Milwaukee v. Kenneth D. Churchill III, Milwaukee County Case No. 17-CV-1135 • In re Arizconsin Group, INC., Forest County Case No. 17-CV-32 • In re Black Bear Bottling Group, LLC, Milwaukee County Case No. 17-CV-5890 • AAT RE 1 LLC, et al. v. Fortis Management Holdings, Inc., et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 17-CV-5769

Transactions:

  • Collected numerous six figure judgments as supplemental receiver  
  • Guided a local manufacturing company smoothly and successfully through a situation where the company's key supplier had declared bankruptcy, threatening an interruption in the company's lines of production
  • Worked with the city of Milwaukee as receiver over public nuisance properties.
  • Swiftly and efficiently finalized the affairs of a closely held company in his role as receiver by selling a multi-million dollar parcel of partially developed land despite a hotly contested dispute between owners
  • Served as Special Master in pending divorce proceeding, whereby he oversaw and administered a multi-million dollar marital estate  
  • Acting as court-appointed receiver, Seth has handled all aspects of the sale, wind-down, and liquidation of dozens of financially distressed businesses across the state

Educational Background:

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • University of New Mexico (B.A., cum laude, 1994)

Industry Groups

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turn-Around Management Association
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Office Location for Seth E. Dizard

111 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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