Attorney Virginia E. George of the Wisconsin Law Firm Steinhilber Swanson LLP
Virginia E. George

Virginia E. George primarily concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Ms. George has served as a receiver in state and federal court and has represented a national lender in its Special Assets Division. Due to her level of professional excellence, she has been granted an AV Preeminent® 5.0/5.0 and Judicial AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer rating standard. She is seasoned in effectively executing strategies that grant her clients their desired outcome, in the most complex of cases. Some of her notable outcomes include collecting a 20-million-dollar Petroleum Environmental Clean-up Fund Act portfolio and winning the largest punitive damage verdict in state history for bank fraud/lender liability. Most recently, she successfully negotiated and won approval of  the sale of “The Bull Golf Course” and ITO Industries,  in her role as Chapter 7 Trustee.

Attorney Virginia E. George graduated from The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1985, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Following college, she attended Marquette University Law School, where she received the America Jurisprudence Award and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1988.

Attorney Virginia E. George is a current board member of the Wisconsin Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and serves as its membership chair and 2023 IWIRC on Ice conference  chair.  She is also the newly elected   2023 Milwaukee Programming Co-Chair of the Turnaround Management Association Chicago/ Midwest Chapter.  She is  a past two-term board member of the Bankruptcy Insolvency and Creditor’s Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is also an active member of NABT, ABI, IWIRC and TMA, and the Milwaukee and 7th Circuit Bar Associations. She regularly presents at conferences on various bankruptcy topics.

Areas Of Practice

  • Bankruptcy (personal and business)
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Creditor Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Workouts
  • Receiverships

Bar Admissions

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

Presentations

  • Real Facts on Virtual Assets, State Bar of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference, November 2022
  • Administering Virtual Assets, 2022 Chapter 7 Trustee Panel Training, Office of the United States Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2022
  • Uses and Considerations for Subchapter V Small Business Debtor Reorganization,  State Bar of Wisconsin: Northwestern Wisconsin Bankruptcy Institute, April 2022
  • Behind the Scenes: Evaluating Out-of-Court Workouts, Bankruptcy and Chapter 128 Receiverships, Turnaround Management Association, March 2022
  • Duties and Ethical Responsibilities of Trustees, American Inns of Court, February 2022
  • Estopping the Madness: Personal Injury and Exemptions in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases, American Bankruptcy Institute: Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, June 2021
  • Seventh Circuit Case Law Update, 7th Circuit Bar Association:Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, October 2019
  • Chapter 7 Best Practices, State Bar of Wisconsin: Annual Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Meeting, March 2015

  • Mortgage Issues in Chapter 13 & Ethics Protecting Your Clients from Themselves and other Thorny Ethical Issues, State Bar of Wisconsin: Annual Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Meeting, February 2014

  • Individual Consumer Issues in Chapter 7 and 13 cases & Small Business Issues in Individual Chapter 7 and 13 cases, State Bar of Wisconsin:  Annual Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Meeting, March 2013

  • Consumer Bankruptcy From Start to Finish- A Primer on Tax Rules in Bankruptcy, National Business Institute, May 2012
  • Chapter 7 Current Developments, Procedures, Rules, Cases and Tricks of the Trade, State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, March 2012

  • Chapter 7 Issues and Current Cases, State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, March 2011
  • Foreclosure Limbo, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and the False Fresh Start, Lou Jones Breakfast Club, March 2010
  • What Is The Bankruptcy Attorney’s Role In Completion Of The Debtor’s Duties Enumerated in 11 U.S.C. § 521? State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section, March 2010
  • Means Test Breakout Session, Chapter 7 Issues Breakout Session, State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, March 2009
  • Windfall and the chapter 13 scheme to convert to chapter 7, 11 USC § 1306(a)(2), 11 USC § 348, Bankruptcy Rule 1019, Lou Jones Breakfast Club, May 2008
  • Trustee Ethics, United States Trustee Program: EDW Panel Trustee Annual Meeting, May 2007
  • Facilitator BAPCPA Means Test Breakout Session, and Law Firm Economics for the Bankruptcy Practice Session, State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, April 2007
  • Trustee Ethics, United States Trustee Program: EDW Panel Trustee Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Seminar, December 2006
  • BAPCPA, State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, Spring 2006

Professional Associations/Memberships

State Bar of Wisconsin: Two-Term Past Board Member Bankruptcy Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section and Member Litigation Section

Milwaukee Bar Association: Member and Presenter

7th Circuit Bar Association: Member and Presenter

American Bankruptcy Institute: Member and Presenter

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation: (IWIRC) Wisconsin Network Board Member, 2023 IWIRC on Ice Event Conference Chair, 2021- 2022 Membership Chair

Turnaround Management Association– (TMA)2023 Milwaukee Programming Co-Chair of the Turnaround Management Association Chicago/ Midwest Chapter Member and Presenter

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees– Member

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent®  

Martindale-Hubbel: Judicial AV Preeminent®