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Katherine Stadler

Katherine Stadler

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Katherine Stadler

Katherine Stadler (Katie) is a shareholder and Practice Group Leader for the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice group.

Katie's practice emphasizes bankruptcy and insolvency matters, bankruptcy fee examination, and-related litigation and appellate work. She recently argued in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on behalf of an indenture trustee, seeking to clarify the rights of secured creditors in Wisconsin Chapter 128 receivership cases. Since late 2017, Katie has represented the Fee Examiner in the insolvency proceeding of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and related entities, overseeing review, recommendation, and reporting to the Title III court on more than $1 billion in professional fees.  Recently, Katie was retained to represent the Fee Examiner in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Celsius Network, LLC, pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  Katie has represented fee examiners or fee committees in the General Motors Lehman Brothers Holdings, and Energy Future Holdings bankruptcies, among others.

Katie was honored with an invitation to join the American College of Bankruptcy’s 34th class of fellows, to be inducted in March, 2023 in Washington, D.C in recognition of her contributions to the bankruptcy and insolvency practice. She has also been named a Woman in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Representative Experience

Bankruptcy Fee Review

United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

In re Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, No. 17-3283

United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

In re Cyprus Mines Corp., No. 21-10398

In re Imerys Talc America, Inc., No. 19-10289

In re Horsehead Holding Corp., No. 16-10287

In re Energy Future Holdings Corp., No. 14-10979

In re Samson Resources Corp., No. 15-11934

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

In re Celsius Network, Inc., No. 22-10964

In re General Motors Corp., No. 09-50026

In re Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., No. 08-13555


Appellate Matters

United States Court of Appeals

In re Verso Corp., 806 F. App’x 130 (3d Cir. 2020)

Stoughton Lumber Co. v. Sveum, 787 F.3d 1174 (7th Cir. 2015)

In re Grede Foundries, Inc., 651 F.3d 786 (7th Cir. 2011)

Superl Sequoia Ltd. v. Carlson Co., 615 F.3d 831 (7th Cir. 2010)

United States v. Utecht, 238 F.3d 882 (7th Cir. 2001)

United States District Court

In re Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P., 619 B.R. 38 (S.D.N.Y. 2020)

American Wood Dryers, Inc. v. Bombardier Capital, Inc., 305 F. Supp. 2d 966 (W.D. Wis. 2002)

City of Kaukauna v. F.E.R.C., 214 F.3d 888 (7th Cir. 2000)

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Casanova v. Polsky, Nos. 2019AP2063, 2019AP1728 (Wis. argued Sept. 9, 2022)

In re Garza, 2017 WI 35, 374 Wis. 2d 555, 893 N.W.2d 1

Waller v. American Transmission Co., 2013 WI 77, 350 Wis. 2d 242, 833 N.W.2d 764

Waller v. American Transmission Co., 2009 WI App 172, 322 Wis. 2d 255, 776 N.W.2d 612

BNP Paribas v. Olsen’s Mill, Inc., 2011 WI 61, 335 Wis. 2d 427, 799 N.W.2d 792

Wisconsin Mall Properties, LLC v. Younkers, Inc., 2006 WI 95, 293 Wis. 2d 573, 717 N.W.2d 703

Wischer v. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., 2005 WI 26, 279 Wis. 2d 4, 694 N.W.2d 320

In re John Doe Proceeding, 2003, WI 30, 260 Wis. 2d 653, 660 N.W.2d 260

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1997

New York - 2011

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, District of Colorado
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations

American Bankruptcy Institute
Dane County Bar Association
International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Consortium
New York State Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Turnaround Management Association


American College of Bankruptcy - selected for induction as a Fellow into Class 34 (2023)

Western District Bankruptcy Bar Association - Chair and Past Vice-Chair of Programming

YWCA Madison - Women's Leadership Committee


Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2018 - present)

Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Future Star (2014, 2016, 2018 - present)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2014 - 2019)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2012)

Recognized as a Woman in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal (2013)


Juris Doctor, Northwestern University School of Law, 1997

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, International Relations, with distinction

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