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John's practice emphasizes corporate/business receivership, bankruptcy and creditors' rights law; commercial and condominium real estate lending and development; and general business representation.  John has been appointed by courts throughout Wisconsin to operate and ultimately sell or liquidate troubled businesses.  During these troubled economic times, most of John's practice is devoted to receivership and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases; however, in better times, he also spends a significant portion of his time representing lenders and real estate developers.  Additionally, John represents a wide variety of small and mid-sized businesses.


John was appointed as receiver for the Wisconsin Funeral Trust at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Justice on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.  For mroe information, see


There are a few attorneys who serve as receivers in Wisconsin.  Each does a fine job; however, John differentiates his receivership service in a few ways:


● Creativity.  One size does not fit all.  There is a great temptation to handle every case the same way; however, not every business or entity is the same.  Having served as receiver for large and  small entities, manufacturers, service companies, securities trusts, leasing companies, contractors and a variety of other entities, John customizes the process for efficiency and to maximize value.  


● Business Experience.  John's diverse business and real estate background allows him to bring a different perspective to his cases.  He is not just a litigator or bankruptcy lawyer.  Although he has significant experience in both those areas, he has closed over $2 billion of loans and has represented many business and real estate clients. John also is a part owner of several small businesses.  He brings a practical, business approach to his cases.


● Hands On.  Although John works with an experienced group of lawyers and paraprofessionals to efficiently and effectively handle his cases, he is actively involved in each of his cases.


● Service.  John believes that service is important.  He promptly returns calls and emails from lenders, lawyers and management.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 75%
    28 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    28 years

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Contact info

Milwaukee Office of Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C.

731 N Jackson St # 900
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-4613


WIGood Standing198803/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Included in The Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy)Best Lawyers2015
Included in The Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy)Best Lawyers2014
Included in Wisconsin's Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy)SuperLawyers2014
Included in The Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy)Best Lawyers2013
Included in Wisconsin's Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy)SuperLawyers2013
Included in Wisconsin's Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy)SuperLawyers2012
Included in Wisconsin's Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy)SuperLawyers2011
Distinguished Service AwardMilwaukee Bar Association2000
Award of Excellence for Milwaukee Area BusinesspeopleAssociation of Volunteer Administrators/Service Executives1989
Listed Among Wisconsin's Top Rated Lawyers (Bankruptcy Law)LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®N/A
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMallery & Zimmerman, S.C.1991 - Present
AssociateReinhart Boerner Van Deuren Norris & Rieselbach1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mequon Economic Development BoardMember2013 - Present
Turnaround Management Association (TMA)MemberN/A
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mequon Common CouncilPresident2012 - 2013
Mequon Planning CommissionCommissioner/Aldermanic Representative2007 - 2010
Mequon Common CouncilPresident2006 - 2007
Mequon Common CouncilAlderman2001 - 2013
Mequon Board of AppealsCommissioner1999 - 2001
Milwaukee Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionChair1998 - 2000
Milwaukee Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionProgram Chair1997 - 1998
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMember1988 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wisconsin Dep't of Fin. Inst. v. Wisconsin Funeral Dir. Ass'n, Inc., Case Nos. 2012CX44 and 2012CX44A (Dane County)Recovered over $12 million, ensured that all funeral trust depositors are fully protected and safely reinvested the Trust's corpus of approximately $50 million
In re White Bear Lumber, LLC and George & Rosemary, LLC, Case No. 2013CV000021(Langlade County)Successfully sold lumber mill, ensuring retention of jobs and the use of a rural manufacturing facility.
In re Wilson Doors, Inc., Case No. 2011CV001613 (Walworth County)Successfully sold, in about two months, an airplane hangar door manufacturer as a going concern for significantly more than liquidation value.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WisconsinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2012 Real Estate and Business Law InstituteEvolving Issues in Chapter 128 Law2012
2012 Education ProgramCircumstances Under Which a Bankruptcy Court Will Uphold the Results of a Section 363 Auction in the Face of A Post-Auction, Higher Bid2012
M&A ForumPurchasing Distressed Businesses Out of Receiverships2011