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® 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 approved 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 Mass Communications. Following college, she attended law school at Marquette University Law School, where she received The America Jurisprudence Award. This award is given to law school students who serve as role models in the legal community, while achieving the highest course grade. She graduated with a degree of Juris Doctorate in 1988.

Attorney Virginia E. George 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.  She regularly presents at conferences on various bankruptcy topics, to offer her expertise to the wider law community.

Areas Of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Creditor Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Workouts
  • Receiverships

Selected Victories

The Bull Development LLC, sold shuttered golf course for $2.5MM during the pandemic. ITO Industries, Inc, sold factory for $1MM, administered assets involving hazardous waste and clean-up.

Classes/Seminars

  • 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, Panelist
  • Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, October 2019
  • Who Gets What? Chapter 7 and 13 Conversions, Dismissal Considerations and More, American Bankruptcy Institute, Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, June, 2019
  • Chapter 7 Best Practices, State Bar of Wisconsin:10th 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: 9th 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: 8th 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 t 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, Co- presenter ,May, 2007
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, April, 2007, Facilitator BAPCPA Means Test Breakout Session, and Law Firm Economics for the Bankruptcy Practice Session
  • Trustee Ethics, United States Trustee Program: EDW Panel Trustee Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Seminar, Co-Presenter, December, 2006
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy Insolvency Section Annual Meeting, Spring, 2006 Panel Member, BAPCPA

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Women’s Center Legal Clinic: Volunteer
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Board Member Bankruptcy Insolvency Section and Member Litigation Section
  • Milwaukee Bar Association: Law Day speaker, Bankruptcy 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Matindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent®

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin