Ben brings a creative, no-nonsense approach to achieving business objectives for equipment finance organizations, secured creditors, statutory and judgment lienholders, banks, asset buyers, real property lessors, lenders, loan servicers, receivers, trustees, and creditor committees.

Overview

Clients appreciate Ben's experience and deep industry knowledge involving personal property leasing, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, secured transactions, distressed asset acquisitions and workout scenarios, consensual property lien and judgment enforcement situations, insolvency proceedings, and complex financial services litigation. With an insider's understanding of the business and jargon, he quickly assesses challenging financial situations, analyzes risks, and plots a course for stability in inherently unstable markets.

Ben is particularly focused on representing equipment leasing and finance organizations. He is well-versed in Articles 2A and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He has documented numerous lease and loan transactions for captive, bank-affiliated and independent equipment finance companies and has successfully enforced their rights in lawsuits, mediations, arbitrations, and bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.

Experience

Routinely advises lenders, creditors, and committees in Chapter 7, 11 and 12 bankruptcies.

Serves as outside counsel for a number of agribusiness lenders in the United States, providing practical advice regarding workouts, foreclosures, enforcement matters, secured transactions and intercreditor relationships.

Successfully represented the main secured creditor in contested receivership litigation involving the liquidation and sale of the assets of a specialty manufacturing company.

Regularly defends lenders and loan servicers in a wide variety of contested matters, including claims of wrongful foreclosure, fraud, and breach of contract, as well as alleged violations of RESPA, TILA, FCRA, TCPA, FDCPA, and other consumer protection laws.

Represented receiver in sale of distressed medical business, handling numerous litigated employment, regulatory, and lien priority disputes.

Advisor to equipment lessors in connection with financial transactions covering a wide variety of assets and industries, including technology, agriculture, industrial/manufacturing, transportation, construction, medical, government and energy.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Section 365: Key Issues for Lessors under Non-Residential Real Property and Personal Property Leases," Minnesota State Bar Association Bankruptcy Institute, 2018

What You Thought Was True About Lease Provisions … But Might Not Be," Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2018

"Your Client or Vendor Just filed for Bankruptcy – Tips on What Corporate Counsel Should Do Next," ACC Iowa 5th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum, 2017

"Headwinds in the Agricultural Sector: Selected Issues Dealing with Defaults, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2017

"Hot Topics Roundtable," Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2017

"Hot Topics Roundtable," Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2016

"Advanced UCC Topics," Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2015

"Leasing Lessons Learned from the Rich and Famous," Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Legal Forum, 2014

Publications

Electronic Chattel Paper," Law Journal Newsletter's Equipment Leasing Newsletter, October 2015

"Small Errors Can Cause Catastrophic Outcomes," Equipment Finance Advisor, October 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyer® list, 2015-2019

Selected to the Minnesota Rising Star list, 2007-2014

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

  • Legal Committee Member
  • Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee Member
  • e-Commerce Subcommittee Member

American Bankruptcy Institute

Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Bankruptcy Section Member
  • Former Co-Editor-in-Chief of MSBA Bankruptcy Bulletin

Law Journal Newsletter's Equipment Leasing Newsletter, Board of Editors

Turnaround Management Association

National Equipment Finance Association

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude

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