Brittany S. Ogden, Partner

Biography

Brittany Ogden is the National Co-Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditor's Rights Practice Group. As a business advisor and litigator, she develops innovative legal strategies that allow her clients to achieve practical, cost-effective business objectives in even the most financially distressed situations.

Brittany is an experienced litigator representing clients in state and federal courts across the country. She has served as lead attorney in hundreds of contested, evidentiary hearings and also has meaningful jury and bench trial experience. She regularly represents financial institutions, finance and leasing companies, secured creditors, servicers, manufacturers and trade creditors in business litigation, complex commercial litigation, foreclosures and all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, receiverships and workouts.

In bankruptcy court, Brittany represents clients in contested matters and adversary proceedings, including contested Chapter 11 plan confirmation, use of cash collateral, claims litigation, fee disputes, preference avoidance, fraudulent transfer actions, non-dischargeability, and issues arising in "free and clear" sales under the Bankruptcy Code.

She has significant experience representing clients in the agricultural industry, regularly addressing the needs of lenders, cooperatives, and credit facilities in Chapter 12 cases, workouts, foreclosures, and sale matters.

Some of Brittany’s recent commercial litigation and bankruptcy experience includes:

  • Obtaining a full dismissal of lender liability claims alleged against a financial institution with full multi-million dollar money judgment and foreclosure awarded to client.
  • Successfully defending claims by a third-party creditor in a foreclosure action.
  • Successfully obtaining judgments for lenders and business owners concerning civil theft, conversion and fraud claims.
  • Obtaining full dismissal of FDCPA action against a loan servicer in federal district court.
  • Representing financial institutions and businesses in various contested bankruptcy cases, including but not limited to alleged automatic stay violations, preference actions, and discharge violations.
  • Representing an equipment leasing company’s interest in enforcement proceedings and bankruptcy cases, addressing assumption/rejection issues and lease recharacterization claims.
  • Representing creditors and businesses with enforcement and recovery of collateral and judgments in jurisdictions throughout the country.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A., 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2000

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor: “Business Law II” – Edgewood College (2012-present)
  • Adjunct Professor: “Business Law I” – Edgewood College (2010-present)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Member)
  • Iowa County Humane Society (Past Board Member)
  • James E. Doyle American Inns of Court (Member)
  • Lease Enforcement Attorney Network (LEAN) (Member)
  • MAGNET, Past Board President (Past Board Member)
  • Special Olympics Wisconsin (Board of Directors)
  • Wisconsin Association for Equipment Lessors (WAEL) (Member)
  • Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA); (Member, Legal Committee 2013, 2014, 2015); (Service Provider Committee Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2019-present: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers®: 2016-Present (Business Litigation)
  • Athena Young Professional Award (2010)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Rising Stars: 2006 - 2012, 2014
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