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University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2002, Cum Laude

University of Minnesota, B.A., 1998

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  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
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Michael D. Gordon
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Mike Gordon is a member of firm's board of directors and is co-chair of the firm's the Financial Institutions and Real Estate section. He practices principally in the areas of:

  • Asset-based lending
  • Syndicated credit facilities
  • Traditional commercial lending
  • Commercial real estate lending
  • Defaulted loans and workouts
  • Creditors’ rights and remedies
  • Bankruptcy
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) law
  • Banking law and regulation

Mike protects the interests of banks and other lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting asset-based and traditional loan transactions, syndicated credit facilities, dealer finance transactions, and construction and real estate loan transactions. Mike also represents banks and other lenders in workouts, restructurings and other transactions intended to address issues with defaulting borrowers. He has substantial experience in all of these areas representing national banks, large regional institutions and smaller niche lenders.

In addition to representing lenders in commercial finance transactions and workouts, Mike also works with creditors in connection with Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by borrowers, guarantors, customers and/or tenants. His creditor clients typically include banks, real estate developers, property managers, utility companies and manufacturers.

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers

Experience

Mike has acted as agent's counsel in connection with:

  • $175,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to an auto parts distribution company with a national footprint;
  • $140,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to a company that specializes in bulk warehousing, cold storage and managing transportation logistics;
  • $135,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to a group of telecommunications service and equipment wholesale companies;
  • $95,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to a large dairy cooperative;
  • $80,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit and term loan facility to manufacturer of groundbreaking, bulk material handling conveyors and cutting-edge components;
  • $80,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to a company that specializes in sourcing and distributing both common and exotic ingredients for a wide variety of food and product manufacturers;
  • $75,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit facility to a company that manufactures, markets and distributes various after-market automotive products; and
  • $68,000,000 secured, syndicated revolving credit and term loan facility to a large dairy processing company.

Mike has acted as lender's counsel in connection with:

  • $100,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to a family of companies that markets, stores and distributes bulk petroleum products throughout the Upper Midwest;
  • $55,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to a meat processing and distribution company;
  • $40,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to a company that provides process improvement services to large national companies;
  • $35,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to an agricultural and heavy equipment dealer with locations across the United States;
  • $30,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to a food service distribution company that services restaurants, health care facilities, schools and other institutional users;
  • $27,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to a conglomerate of companies specializing in the wholesale marketing, bulk delivery and bulk storage of petroleum products;
  • $20,000,000 secured, revolving credit facility to an online discount retailer; and
  • acquisition of a portfolio of equipment and dealer finance term loans and lines of credit in excess of $300,000,000.

Mike's bankruptcy and workout representative experience includes acting as counsel:

  • for a large regional lender in connection with a $115 million real estate workout involving over 30 properties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas and Florida;
  • for a large regional lender in connection with a $15 million real estate workout involving a residential development company;
  • to a national real estate developer in connection with a tenant bankruptcy and lease rejection involving a 300,000 square foot build-to-suit manufacturing facility;
  • to a national commodity trading company in connection with a multimillion dollar workout and restructuring with a defaulting customer;
  • to a large national boat manufacturer in connection with numerous bankruptcy cases in various jurisdictions involving failed boat dealerships;
  • for a large utility provider in connection with a large preference complaint in the bankruptcy of a national food distributor; and
  • for a national cooperative in connection with a multi-million dollar preference complaint in the bankruptcy of an ethanol producer.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Turnaround Management Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Commercial Finance Association, Board of Directors

Risk Management Association, Pro Bono Counsel

Turnaround Management Association, Volunteer Services Committee

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono

Risk Management Association, Pro Bono Counsel