Attorney John W. Menn of the Wisconsin Law Firm Steinhilber Swanson LLP
John W. Menn

John W. Menn





John W. Menn is a partner in the bankruptcy and insolvency group of Steinhilber Swanson LLP in Oshkosh, WI. Mr. Menn joined the firm in 2009 with a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. 

He has built a practice centered primarily around consumer bankruptcy, farm reorganizations and business reorganizations. He represents individual and business debtors in cases filed under Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and represents debtors in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy, as well as negotiating settlements outside of bankruptcy and dealing with debt repayment through Wisconsin’s Chapter 128 debt amortization statute. He assists clients who are facing foreclosure, helping them defend their foreclosure case and resolve their default through Chapter 13, and he has helped many clients obtain home mortgage modifications through the Mortgage Modification Mediation Program available in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, as well as through direct modifications with lenders outside of bankruptcy. 

In addition to his debtor work, Attorney Menn represents creditors in all chapters of bankruptcy, advising them of their rights, filing claims, negotiating and litigating disputed matters, and pursuing non-dischargeability complaints.

Attorney Menn has been a speaker at various seminars, on topics including exemption issues in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights when customers file bankruptcy, subchapter V of chapter 11, chapter 12 / farm reorganization issues including the tax implications of farm sales in chapter 12, and a host of chapter 13 bankruptcy issues & topics.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, eating good food, playing strategy board games, playing the drums, cheering for the Packers, and watching movies.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Debtors Rights
  • Creditors Rights
  • Agricultural Restructuring
  • Chapter 7 and 13 Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 128 Debt Amortizations
  • Foreclosure Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2009


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. – 2009
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • B.A. – 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State of Wisconsin Bar Association, Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors’ Rights Section, Member, 2009 to Present
  • Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2009 to Present
  • Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association, Member, 2009 to Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, 2011 to Present
  • Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association, Co-Vice Chair, 2011 to 2012
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Member, 2011 to Present
  • Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, 2012 to 2013
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2013 to Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee, Member, 2015 to Present

Speaking Engagements

  • 2016-03-03 – BICR Section Educational / Social Retreat, Kohler, WI. “Attorney Fees in Chapter 13
  • 2017-03-02 – BICR Section Educational / Social Retreat, Kohler, WI. “Life after HAMP?
  • 2018-03-02 – BICR Section Educational / Social Retreat, Kohler, WI. “Creative Plan Provisions in Chapter 13
  • 2018-09-11 – National Association of Credit Management (“NACM”) Roundtable Discussion, Appleton, WI. “Creditor Remedies Available in Bankruptcy
  • 2019-03-14 – Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (“PDPW”) Business Conference, Madison, WI.  “Managing your Creditors: Farm Business Reorganizations
  • 2019-05-14  – American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”) Central States Conference, Traverse City, MI.  “Farm to Table – They’re All In Trouble
  • 2019-09-11 – Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Luncheon, Madison, WI. “Chapter 11 Had a Baby, And Its Name is Subchapter V (and other recent legislative developments)
  • 2019-10-14 – ABI sponsored 2019 Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, Chicago, IL. “Savings in a Chapter 13
  • Panel with:
    • Attorney Troy Schneider, Twohig Rietbrock Schneider & Halbach S.C., Chilton, WI
  • Panel with:
    • Moderator – Mark Little, Chapter 12 Trustee, ED KY
    • Attorney Benjamin Struby, Lathrop GPM LLP, Kansas City, MO’

Community Involvement

  • Oshkosh Rotary Club, 2012 – present