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Bruce G. Arnold
Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
Bruce Arnold is a shareholder of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., residing in the firm’s Milwaukee office. Mr. Arnold represents clients in all aspects of insolvency proceedings with an increasing emphasis on the financial difficulties facing the health care industry.


  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Georgetown University, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1978 (Salutatorian)


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected as a 2010 Recipient of the Judge Dale E. Ihlenfeldt Bankruptcy Award
  • Selected as a 2010 Recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal Leader in the Law Award
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2005 - 2014)
  • Selected as one of the 75 Best Lawyers in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine, 1994, 2004
  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2005-2014)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Work

  • Successfully represented debtors (JH Collectibles, Inc.; United States Leather, Inc.; Arrowhead Systems LLC; Keystone Consolidated Industries), creditors’ committees (P.A. Bergner and Oliver and Monica Plunkett), and major creditors (Bucyrus-Erie Company) in some of the largest and most important bankruptcy proceedings ever filed in Wisconsin. Mr. Arnold recently litigated the questions of first impression involving the treatment of interest rate swap agreements in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, and he is currently representing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in its Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Successfully represented a broad array of clients in large bankruptcy cases involving the health care industry. Mr. Arnold represented the official creditors’ committee in American Medical Buildings and Midwest Neurological Rehabilitation Center, served on the Official Creditors’ Committee in Northwest General Hospital, represented the consortium of lenders in Covenant Living Centers (nursing homes) and the laboratory services provider in Family Health Plan Cooperative, and successfully achieved out-of-court restructurings for several independent practice associations.
  • Serves as outside general bankruptcy counsel for major Midwestern companies, including with respect to the defense of preference actions commenced in major bankruptcy cases venued in Delaware, New York, Texas and California.

Professional Associations

  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • ALFA International (Member, Health Care Practice Group; Program Chairman, 2001-2003; Practice Group Chair, 2003-present)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member, Health Law and Bankruptcy Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Business and Health Law Sections)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Director, 2002-2005; Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 2006-2014)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy and Health Law Sections; Program Chairman, Bankruptcy Section, 1985-1986; Bankruptcy Section Chairman, 1986-1987)

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Marquette University High School
  • Vice President and Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University Alumni Club of Wisconsin
  • Director, Milwaukee Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
  • Past President, St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin

Business Organizations

  • Former Chairman of the Board, National Institute for Medical Informatics (the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange)

Articles and Presentations

  • A Look Into the Stern Abyss: Making Sense of the Circuit Split on the Eve of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Bellingham, 12th Annual Meeting of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, April 10, 2014
  • The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, National Diocesan Attorneys Association, 49th Annual Meeting (Phoenix, AZ), April 23, 2013
  • Madoff Case Produces More Legal Fallout, co-author, BizTimes, April 30, 2012
  • Federal Receiverships As An Alternative to Chapter 11: A New Look at Fed.R.Civ.P. 66 in the Wake of Madoff, Sanford and Wealth Management, 10th Annual Meeting of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, April 26, 2012
  • Bankruptcy Crimes and Bankruptcy Fraud: An Insider's Perspective, Sixth Annual Meeting of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, April 17, 2008
  • The Impact of the New Bankruptcy Act on Domestic Asset Protection Trusts and Fraudulent Transfers, The Chicago Bar Association and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Chicago, Illinois), September 12, 2005
  • The Business Bankruptcy Implications of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), June 30, 2005
  • The Health Care Industry is Sick: What’s the Prescription for Healing It?, 2000 National CLE Health Care Law Conference (Vail, Colorado), January 10-15, 2000
  • Malpractice Considerations in Bankruptcy Practice, 1996 National CLE Conference (Washington, D.C.), March 30, 1996
  • Reclamation, State Bar of Wisconsin Convention (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin), June 14, 1995
  • Reclamation, 1994 National CLE Bankruptcy Conference (Orlando, Florida), March 6, 1994
  • Overview of Bankruptcy for Those Engaged in Private Placement Transactions, (The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Law Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), October 13, 1993
  • Interlocutory Appeals in Wisconsin, 66 Wis. Lawyer 16 (July 1993)
  • The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act: A Peek Into Pandora's Box, 57 Wis. Lawyer 10 (January 1984)
  • Displacing the Debtor in Possession: The Requisites for and the Advantages of the Appointment of a Trustee in Chapter 11 Proceedings, Co-author, 67 Marquette Law Review 457 (1984)