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James D. Sweet

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy, State Court Receiverships, Purchase or Sale of Business Assets, and Out-of-Court Restructuring, Workouts and Reorganizations

Contact Information

Phone: 608.310.5501
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University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., – 1978
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, B.A., – 1975

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin
State of Minnesota
Northern Iowa
Northern Illinois

Professional Associations/Achievements

James D. Sweet is a partner in the firm of Steinhilber Swanson LLP. He represents businesses, individuals and other interested parties throughout Wisconsin, northern Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Illinois in bankruptcy cases, state court receiverships, purchase or sale of business assets, and out-of-court restructuring, workouts and reorganizations. 

Mr. Sweet has extensive experience representing debtors, creditor committees, bondholder committees, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, banks and other creditors as well as purchasers of assets and businesses. 

His skills, knowledge and experience have earned him inclusion in a myriad of professional associations and have garnered multiple awards. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.Mr. Sweet was recognized by his peers and by being chosen as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, the profession’s highest honor.The College chooses fellows who have demonstrated a career of excellence and effective representation in their profession, dedication to community service, and consistent charity.

Mr. Sweet is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy, insolvency and workout matters throughout the Midwest.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He is the past President and Chairman of the American Boards of Certification.


2015 - Co-winner of the Turnaround Management Association National and Midwest Small Company Transaction Awards for his service in the LongVANS and Related Entities case. 
2014 - Co-winner of the 8th annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards for the Anchor Bancorp, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. 
10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Award for the LongVANS case, co-winner.