Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court Info

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201

Residents of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin file bankruptcy in Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

1 courthouse serves the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - WIE

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court


Court Website info

U.S. Courthouse
517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4581
Chambers: Room 140

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Wisconsin Eastern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Wisconsin List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Michael F. Dubis 
208 East Main Street 
Waterford, WI 53185 
E-mail: mdubis@tds.net 
Phone: (262) 534-6950 


Virginia E. George 
4212 North Oakland Avenue 
Shorewood, WI 53211 
E-mail: vgeorge@steinhilberswanson.com 
Phone: (920) 235-6690 


Andrew N. Herbach 
1800 E. Howard Avenue 
Milwaukee, WI 53207 
E-mail: aherbach@trustee7.com 
Phone: (414) 272-0761 
Fax: (414) 272-7265 


Bruce A. Lanser 
N14 W24200 Tower Place 
Suite 201 
Waukesha, WI 53188 
E-mail: blanser@lanserlaw.com 
Phone: (262) 522-2280 
Fax: (262) 522-2289 


Larry H. Liebzeit 
2800 E. Enterprise Avenue 
Appleton, WI 54913 
E-mail: larry@liebzeitlaw.com 
Phone: (920) 739-6307 


Helen M. Ludwig 
200 S. Executive Drive 
Suite 101 
Brookfield, WI 53005 
E-mail: hludwig@ludwiglaw.org 
Phone: (262) 827-4685 


Douglas F. Mann 
740 North Plankinton Avenue, Suite 210 
Milwaukee, WI 53203 
E-mail: DFMatty@aol.com 
Phone: (414)276-5355 


Steven R. McDonald 
7280 South 13th Street, Suite 103 
Oak Creek, WI 53154 
E-mail: smcdonald@mcdonaldlawllc.com 
Phone: (414) 226-2200 
Fax: (414) 289-8384 


John M. Scaffidi 
P.O. Box 11975 
Milwaukee, WI 53211 
E-mail: JMScaffidi@rsmlaw.com 
Phone: (414)963-9303 


Paul G. Swanson 
107 Church Ave. 
P.O. Box 617 
Oshkosh, WI 54903 -0617 
E-mail: pswanson@oshkoshlawyers.com 
Phone: (920) 235-6690 


Titania D. Whitten 
3333 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 212 
Wauwatosa, WI 53222 
E-mail: twhitten@whittendusell.com 
Phone: (414) 431-0007 



James V. Block 
3544 Stewart Avenue 
Wausau, WI 54401 -4919 
E-mail: jim@krautkramerblock.com 
Phone: (715) 842-2162 
Fax: (715) 350-2482 


Parrish J. Jones 
823 Belknap Street, Suite 222 
Superior, WI 54880 
E-mail: pjones@superiorlawoffices.com 
Phone: (715) 394-7751 
Fax: (715) 394-3417 


Nicole I. Pellerin 
33 East Main St., Suite 500 
P.O. Box 2038 
Madison, WI 53701 -2038 
E-mail: trustee@murphydesmond.com 
Phone: (608) 257-7181 


Christopher M. Seelen 
402 Graham Ave. 
P.O. Box 187 
Eau Claire, WI 54702 -0187 
E-mail: cseelen@ruderware.com 
Phone: (715) 834-3425 
Fax: (715) 834-9240 


Mark Joseph Wittman 
223 South Central Avenue 
Marshfield, WI 54449 
E-mail: gwittmanlaw@charter.net 
Phone: (715) 389-1388 
Fax: (715) 387-4275 


Brenda L. Zeddun 
2801 International Lane, Suite 205 
Madison, WI 53704 
E-mail: brenda.zeddun@chooselawadvisors.com 
Phone: (608) 242-9700 
Fax: (608) 242-8788