Matthew D. Lee is a bankruptcy, restructuring, and real estate and business litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Matt has represented Chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official committees of unsecured creditors, and defendants in avoidance actions filed under Chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code and state fraudulent transfer statutes. In addition to his bankruptcy experience, Matt counsels clients in out-of-court restructurings, workouts, assignments for the benefits of creditors including those filed under Chapter 128 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and other insolvency matters.
Matt’s real estate litigation practice encompasses eminent domain proceedings, land use and zoning disputes, foreclosure litigation, lease disputes and eviction actions, and other disputes involving real property interests. His business litigation practice encompasses, among other areas, consumer class actions, construction disputes, and commercial contract disputes. He also counsels his clients before a dispute or insolvency arises on the issues of litigation avoidance, loss mitigation, and risk management.
Matt is a partner and a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices. He works in the Firm’s Madison, Wisconsin office and has practice experience nationwide.
Representative Bankruptcy Experience
Representative Litigation Experience
Matt was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2012. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2009, 2010, and 2014 to 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists in the areas of bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights and business litigation.
Matt earned his bachelor’s degrees (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. He earned his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006, where he served as lead articles editor on the Journal of the Legal Profession.
Matt is admitted to practice in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
Professional Memberships and Community Leadership
Matt is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors’ Rights section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
He sits on the board of directors of the Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation.
Publications and Presentations
Matt has presented on bankruptcy-related topics, including the standards for discharging equitable claims, successor liability principles, preference litigation strategies, and the treatment of non-compete agreements under the Bankruptcy Code. His publications include: