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Business & Commercial Litigation
Jeffrey Liotta is a shareholder in the Waukesha County office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Mr. Liotta provides counsel to business and individuals in fields such as manufacturing, distribution, transportation, hospitality, banking, insurance, securities, construction, professional service corporations and non-profit entities. He has served as lead counsel in some of the largest aggravated civil fraud and business tort cases filed in federal or state court in Wisconsin, a number of which had parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings.

Education

  • Marquette University, J.D., 1987
  • Carroll University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2006-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America┬« in Litigation - Real Estate (2012-2016) and Commercial Litigation (2013-2016)
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (inducted 2007)

Representative Work

  • Acts as lead trial counsel on business cases involving substantial exposures alleging fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, breach of contract, Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law violations and other business torts or claims.
  • Represents securities broker-dealers and/or financial advisors before state and federal courts involving covenants not to compete, negligence, breach of contract, employment disputes, misrepresentation and alleged violations of federal or state securities laws.
  • Successfully arbitrates matters before American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panels.
  • Provides representation to construction contractors and surety bonding companies in complex construction litigation. Mr. Liotta has provided representation in multiple default cases where over $12 million in bond penal limits were at risk for the surety company.
  • Represents creditors in bankruptcy court or state receivership proceedings involving preferential transfers, set offs, fraudulent conveyances, objections to discharge and exemptions, non-dischargeable debts, relief from automatic stay and valuation of claims.

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association

Articles and Presentations

  • Federal Receiverships as an Alternative to Chapter 11: A New Look at Fed. R. Civ. P. 66 in the Wake of Madoff, Stanford and Wealth Management, presenter, Tenth Annual Meeting and Presentation of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (April 26, 2012)
  • Arbitration: Rose Garden or Minefield, State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Counsel Institute - Crisis Management (November 30, 2011)