Timothy S. Crisp is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His clients and transactions span the nation, with focus in Wisconsin and Chicago, and are in a variety of industries, including banks, finance companies, manufacturers and technology companies. Mr. Crisp is a member of the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions; Consumer Financial Services; Health Care Finance; and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices.
Mr. Crisp represents lenders and borrowers in commercial and asset-based loan transactions, workouts, turnarounds, bond transactions, equipment leases and cross-border transactions. Mr. Crisp regularly counsels consumer finance companies regarding licensure matters and compliance with the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, National Automated Clearing House Association rules, and state consumer credit, privacy, debt management services and debt collection laws. He also handles distressed company sales and divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, and private equity investments. Mr. Crisp assists financing entities and users in aircraft financing and registration.
Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Crisp was a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Mr. Crisp was selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers list for 2016 and 2017. He has been lead corporate counsel in many high profile transactions, winning awards for 2008 Out-of-Court Restructuring of the Year; 2007 Non-Chapter 11 Deal of the Year; 2007 Manufacturing Deal of the Year; 2007 Community Impact Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor; and 2007 Transaction of the Year by the Turnaround Management Association. He was selected for inclusion in the 2007 and 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists and was named a "top lawyer" by Madison Magazine in 2003 and 2007. He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Mr. Crisp has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012 in the field of corporate law, commercial litigation, and banking and finance. He was named Best Lawyers’ Madison Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year.*
Mr. Crisp graduated from Duke Law School (J.D., 1990) where he was an articles editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1987.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Mr. Crisp is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section (Commercial Financial Services, Consumer Financial Services, Uniform Commercial Code, Legal Opinions, Negotiated Transactions and Banking Law Committees); and the State Bar of Wisconsin, Business Law Section and Committee on Standard Forms of Legal Opinions. He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oregon.
Mr. Crisp is on the board of directors of Forward Theater Company and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Dane/Rock Counties Chapter, and previously served as a director of the American Players Theatre of Wisconsin, Inc. He serves on the Village of Shorewood Hills Public Health and Safety Commission. Mr. Crisp also serves on the Special Investigative Panel of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Office of Lawyer Regulation, and on the Village of Shorewood Hills Public Health and Safety Committee.
Mr. Crisp's publications include "Chapter 9 (Secured Transactions) of Wisconsin Business Advisor Series: Commercial and Consumer Transactions," published by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Recent Finance and Related Transactions
Recent Corporate Transactions
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.