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Samuel “Sam” Wisotzkey has developed a legal practice that spans a broad spectrum of commercial, business bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law. He is continually championing the rights of secured and unsecured creditors in Wisconsin state courts, in Federal bankruptcy courts throughout the country and in a myriad of out-of-court situations.

He has strong experience in assisting business clients in solving the commercial problems that arise between financially troubled customers and vendors, both prior to, and within, formal insolvency proceedings. He represents creditors and business interests in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the country, asserting reclamation and administrative claims and pursuing adequate protection payments and relief from stay actions to protect real and personal property collateral. Mr. Wisotzkey continually defends business clients against preferential payment claims under the Bankruptcy Code and receivership litigation, often involving very substantial sums of money.

Mr. Wisotzkey has established a record of saving clients many millions of dollars throughout his career. Among his recent accomplishments, he has:

  • Represented a well known manufacturer in a significant preference defense action. Client was sued by a federal trustee for the return of millions of dollars in alleged preferential payments under Bankruptcy Code. KMK succeeded in convincing the Tennessee appellate bankruptcy court that the payments fell within exceptions to this law. This notable success resulted in savings to our client of more than $6 million.
  • Successfully argued that Wisconsin law requires a state court receiver to provide payment to unsecured creditors that provide goods and services during the time the receiver was in control of the property. On appeal, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled that his client must be permitted to intervene in the receivership action, even though the mortgaged premises had been sold. His client was promptly paid the full amount of its claim. M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank v. Urquehart Cos., 2005 WI App 225, 706 N.W. 2d 335.
  • Successfully defended numerous creditors from preference claims totaling over half a million dollars asserted by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee under the state preference statute. He persuaded the court that the sole reported case on the subject was wrongly decided. Both the bankruptcy court and the district court on appeal supported his argument that the trustee was not permitted to bring such claims. Dubis v. B.W. Supply (In re Delta Group, Inc.), 310 B.R. 918 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2003), aff’d, 336 B.R. 405 (E.D. Wis. 2004).

Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Representation
  • Business Formation, Transfer & Sales
  • Critical Vendor & 366 Utility Motion
  • Debt Recovery & Enforcement
  • Foreclosure
  • Foreclosure of Mortgages & Land Contracts
  • Landlord Representation & Eviction
  • Lender & Financial Transactions
  • Loan/Lease Restructuring, Workouts & Enforcement
  • Loans and Leasing
  • Preference & Fraudulent Transfer Litigation
  • Preference Claim Defense
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Liquidation
  • Receivables Liquidation
  • Receivables Management
  • Receiverships & Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
  • REO Services
  • Replevin, Equipment Recovery & Repossession

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin
  • Arizona (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court


  • University of Michigan Law School , J.D., 1991
  • Bucknell University, B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1988

Professional Distinctions/Honors/Awards:

  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated
  • Recognized as a SuperLawyer 2016-2017
  • Recognized as a BestLawyer since 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association

Speeches/Seminars Presented:

  • “Reclamation Claims”
  • “Doing Business with a Chapter 11 Debtor”
  • “The Power and Limitations of the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee”
  • “The “363 Sale”—Protecting your Rights when the Debtor Sells the Business”
  • “Bankruptcy Tips and Traps: How to Survive and Thrive when Dealing with a Customer in Chapter 11”
  • “From Negotiated Reorganization to Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy: What Creditors Need to Know”

Community Involvement:

  • St. Robert Parish member
  • Bucknell University Admission Office Volunteer
  • Wednesday Soccer Club
  • Shorewood Soccer Club