Jeffrey T. Wegner

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Mr. Wegner has 30 years of experience representing banks, institutional lenders, landlords and lessors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Wegner is a resident partner in the firm’s Omaha office but works with clients not only in the Midwest but throughout the country; he has appeared in business bankruptcy cases in over 40 jurisdictions on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Mr. Wegner has worked with members of the firm’s bankruptcy group to build a national bankruptcy practice capable of serving the firm’s clients through its strategically located 17 offices. As a result, Mr. Wegner has built deep relationships with banks and institutional lenders, REIT’s, special servicers and lessors that have needs for bankruptcy representation throughout the United States. Mr. Wegner has unique experience and expertise in representing lenders to franchise businesses, REIT landlords, and agricultural lenders.

Mr. Wegner is a recognized expert in bankruptcy law. He has served as President of the Bankruptcy Section of the Nebraska Bar Association and has been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers® additionally has named  Mr. Wegner the 2019 Litigation-Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year in Omaha. He began his career in bankruptcy law as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Richard Stageman, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa during 1984-1986, a time marked by distress in the agricultural economy mirroring that of the 1930s Great Depression.

Mr. Wegner is known for using his experience, insight and relationships to efficiently resolve matters advantageously for his clients and, where negotiated resolutions are not possible, to design and implement efficient and winning litigation strategies. His clients value his calm focus on how best to maximize recoveries with the least expense and delay and his ability to achieve exceptional results.

Recent examples of Mr. Wegner’s work include the following:

  • Designing and implementing a pre-bankruptcy forbearance agreement to lever an eventual pre-arranged bankruptcy sale of the client’s collateral resulting in a 100% recovery on the client’s $70 Million loan.
  • Effectuating a $100+ million deed in lieu of foreclosure conveyance  of a syndicated lending group’s alternative energy facility collateral achieved through negotiation and litigation pressure.
  • Implementing a successful Section 363 sale of a lender’s multi-store collateral after quashing an Unsecured Creditors’ Committee’s objections and avoidance claims.
  • Designing and implementing a stalking-horse bid foreclosure program to effectuate the liquidation of a lender’s $800+ million portfolio of defaulted commercial real estate collateral located in 20 states.

Mr. Wegner has been author and frequent lecturer in continuing legal education programs including:

Representative Presentations:

  • “Setting Aside Fraudulent Conveyances” – Advanced Bankruptcy Practices Seminar sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Association.
  • “Chapter 12 Issues” – Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
  • “Reorganization and Larger Case Debtor Representation” – Annual Bankruptcy Conference sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of Iowa.
  • “Fraudulent Transfers and Preferences” – Consumer Bankruptcy Law Program sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Association.
  • “Bankruptcy Issues Relating to Nonresidential Real Estate Leases” for multiple in-house counsel presentations to Fortune 10 company and two NYSE-listed REITs.
  • “Municipal Bankruptcy Issues” for in-house counsel to Fortune 10 Company.
  • “Recent Developments” – Annual Bankruptcy Conference sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of Iowa.
  • “TRAC Lease Issues in Bankruptcy” – American Automotive Leasing Association Annual Meeting.

Representative Publications:

  • “Asset Sales Under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code” for Program Materials, 41st Annual Barbara A. Everly Advanced Procedures Bankruptcy Seminar.
  • Contributing Author to ABI Health Care Insolvency Manual, first edition
  • “Chapter 11: The Creditor’s View of Farm Bankruptcy, 38 Alabama Law Review 509.