Roy L. Prange Jr., Retired Partner


Roy L. Prange, Jr., is a retired partner who continues to volunteer for the Wisconsin State Bar, serving as chair of its Fee Arbitration Program for District 2. He practiced from our Madison office, concentrating in the areas of commercial and business litigation involving contract and other disputes frequently involving lending relationships. His practice included extensive work-out experience and lender liability defense. He also had extensive experience in the creditors rights' / bankruptcy area. Mr. Prange's experience included:

  • Substantial jury trial lender liability defense experience.
  • Representation of lenders in loan workouts and implementing strategies to enable continued operation of financially troubled businesses.
  • Obtaining Wisconsin Supreme Court decision protecting rights of lenders against guarantors in foreclosure proceedings. See: Bank Mutual v Boyer, 2010 WI 74; 785 N.W.2d 462.
  • Jury trial representation of purchaser of defective waterproofing system.
  • Representing preference defendants in various large retail bankruptcies.
  • Obtaining Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding choice of law rules application in bankruptcy proceedings. See: In re Jafari, 569 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2009).
  • Representation of a significant stakeholder in the Kmart and U.S. Airways bankruptcies.

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1975)
    • Wisconsin Law Review (Note and Comment Editor).
  • The Ohio State University (M.A., 1968)
  • University of Iowa (B.A., 1967)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1975

Professional and Civic Activities

  • U.S. Army (1969-1972, 1 Lt.)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Board of Directors, 1985-1991 and Chair, 1991-1993, Bankruptcy Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1991-1996)
  • Dane County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American College of Bankruptcy (Fellow)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School (Lecturer, Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights, 1982-1983, 1986-1988)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Loan Workouts Subcommittee of Commercial Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section)
  • Wisconsin State Court and Federal Bankruptcy and District Courts (Extensive trial and motion practice)
  • Boy Scouts of America (Executive Board, Four Lakes Council)
  • Parkcrest Swim and Tennis Club (President)

Professional Recognition

  • Named the The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Madison Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year
  • Named the The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 Madison Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1989-present: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Litigation - Bankruptcy)
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • American College of Bankruptcy (Fellow)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005-2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Business Litigation)