Rachel M. Blise

Senior Counsel

Overview

Rachel M. Blise is a senior counsel and business litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and she is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Practices. Rachel has experience assisting clients in a range of complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, antitrust litigation, and class action defense.

Rachel also has experience in the areas of insolvency, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. She has represented secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcies, commercial and residential foreclosure actions, and other debt collection proceedings with respect to a variety of issues, including avoidance actions, lender liability claims, and bankruptcy sale transactions.

Prior to joining Foley, Rachel was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas.

Recognition

Rachel was selected for inclusion in the 2015 – 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists.

Education

Rachel earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2010), where she was an articles editor for the Marquette Law Review and participated in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. She authored the article, "Another Thorn in the Semantic Briarpatch of the Hanging Paragraph: Is Negative Equity a Purchase Money Security Interest?" 93 MARQ. L. REV. 1217 (2010).

While in law school, Rachel was a research assistant for Dean Joseph Kearney at Marquette University Law School and a summer associate with Foley. She also gained experience as a legal intern for the Office of the United States Trustee and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Susan V. Kelley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Admissions

She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented Carbonite, Inc. originally in connection with patent infringement litigation filed by Oasis Research against Carbonite and 16 other defendants. During the course of that litigation, Oasis filed civil RICO claims against Carbonite and against co-defendant EMC. In June 2015 Foley's securities litigation team undertook the representation of Carbonite on the civil RICO claims in expedited proceedings. The case is set for trial in November 2015. During the course of discovery, the district court ordered certain privileged documents to be produced. Carbonite has filed a mandamus petition with the Court of Federal Claims and a motion to stay the order to produce the privileged documents. On September 11, 2015 the Court of Federal Claims granted Carbonite’s motion for stay of the order, and is now undertaking expedited briefing in support of Carbonite’s mandamus petition.
Retained to represent creditor and asset purchaser in a Chapter 11 case in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Assisted the client in the acquisition of secured indebtedness of debtor, and purchase of all assets of debtor by credit bid in Section 363 sale.
Foley represented a supplier that was the largest creditor of a debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The client was interested in acquiring its financially troubled customer, so the Foley team successfully helped the client buy the debtor's secured debt and consummate a credit bid acquisition of all the debtor's assets.