Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Attorney recognized for leadership, expertise on bankruptcy

Since graduating from the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs in 1990 with a joint degree in law, Timothy F. Nixon has earned a reputation for his leadership and knowledge of bankruptcy law.

Timothy F. Nixon

Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nixon is a shareholder and team leader of the business finance and restructuring practice group for the law firm Godfrey & Kahn. His practice includes advising Dutch, Russian and Australian clients on American bankruptcy law, as well as advising American clients on foreign insolvency issues and practice. He has represented clients in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States. His cases have included some of the largest bankruptcies filed in the United States. He has lectured and published extensively on bankruptcy law issues.

Nixon co-authored the 2009 book Understanding Fraudulent Transfers. He and his five co-authors discuss navigating fraudulent transfer claims, developing effective litigation strategy, and responding to recent trends and developments. Nixon's chapter is titled "Thinking Ahead Before a Fraudulent Conveyance Claim is Made — Choosing Your Battleground." Aspatore Books of Boston is the publisher.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed Nixon to its preliminary review committee in 2009. The independent consists of nine lawyers and five public members who review investigations involving complaints against attorneys to determine whether there is cause for the director of the Office of Lawyer Regulation to file a complaint against an attorney with the Supreme Court.

For his leadership in Green Bay, Nixon received the 2009 Judge W. Reynolds Community Building Award from the Eastern District of the Wisconsin Bar Association. He was honored for his commitment to diversity and willingness to address issues of culture and diversity. In 2006 he received Wisconsin Law Journal's "Leaders in Law" award and was included in the 2006 "Best Lawyers in America."

Nixon is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, the American Bankruptcy Institute and serves on the American Bankruptcy Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board. He is a member of the board of directors of the Bankruptcy Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is a State of New York bar member.

While attending graduate school, Nixon was an intern with the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. Prior to graduate school, Nixon served as a ship's officer in the Merchant Marine for nine years.