Overview

Clint specializes in representing companies reorganizing or liquidating under the Bankruptcy Code or in or out of court workouts and liquidations. Clint is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification.

Clint is a shareholder and former Chair of Fredrikson’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Workouts Group, practicing in the areas of debtor/creditor law, bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation. Clint has represented clients nationwide in bankruptcy and other proceedings. Clint also represents debtors and creditors in all aspects of state law proceedings of debtor creditor law such as garnishment, attachment, receiverships, assignments for benefit of creditors, foreclosures, and claim and delivery. He works with banks and other lenders on UCC issues and lender liability matters.

Services

Experience

  • Lead counsel for debtor Gander Mountain Company, a leading outdoor retailer with 162 stores in 27 states, with sales in excess of $1.3 billion, in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and related section 363 sale and wind down transactions. Transaction size was approximately $450 million.
  • Lead bankruptcy counsel representing strategic stalking horse buyer in approximately $23 million purchase of RC-controlled hobby supply and retail business in section 363 sale transaction.
  • Lead attorney representing home health care provider with annual revenues of $156 million through Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Lead counsel for debtor-owner of ethanol production facility in Chapter 11 liquidation proceedings.
  • Advised owners of 25,000 acre farm operation and related businesses in workout and restructuring of $80 million secured lending facility.
  • Advised business owner of 21 unit car dealership, leisure rental car company and related businesses, involving over $500 million in secured debt.
  • Lead counsel in connection with wind down and liquidation of non-profit college.
  • Represented third generation, family-owned $50 million business in section 363 sale.
  • Represented $100 million manufacturing company in reorganization under Chapter 11.
  • Represented $75 million manufacturing enterprise in section 363 sale and liquidation.
  • Represented strategic or financial buyers and bidders for acquisitions of $10 million to $500 million.
  • Representative industries:
    • Healthcare Services
    • Financial Services
    • Retail
    • Manufacturing
    • Transportation
    • Agribusiness
    • Computer Software Development
    • Real Estate
    • Senior Housing/Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Non-Profits

Credentials

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1984, magna cum laude
  • Iowa State University, B.S., 1981, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1985

Recognition

  • Super Lawyer—Bankruptcy: Business, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 1997-present
  • Pro Bono All Star, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
  • Transaction of the Year, Turnaround Management Association—Minnesota Chapter, 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis Litigation—Bankruptcy, Best Lawyers, 2015, 2019, 2021
  • Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers, 2013, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Bankruptcy; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2013-present
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification
  • Top 10 Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012-2021
  • Judge Nancy C. Dreher Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Raeder Larson Public Service Award, 2010
  • Distinguished Service Award, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2000
  • Order of the Coif

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association, Upper Midwest Chapter, Former Board Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Past Chair
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Debtor/Creditor Committee
  • Hennepin County Legal Advice Clinics, Inc., Volunteer Attorney, 1984-present
  • Stand Down (project for veterans), VA Medical Clinic, Volunteer Attorney
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Associate Adjunct Professor of Law, Bankruptcy Clinic, 2005- present
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Co-Instructor, International Bankruptcy, Spring Term 2017
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Board of Directors, Executive Vice President, Executive Committee Member
  • American College of Bankruptcy Foundation Pro Bono Committee, Member
  • Syracuse Law Review, Executive Editor, 1983-84

Certifications

  • Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Co-Presenter, Current Issues in Distressed M&A, Fredrikson & Byron Webinar, June 17, 2020

Co-Presenter, PPP Forgiveness and Distressed M&A Primer, ACG MN Lunch & Learn, April 28, 2020

Presenter, Five Lessons from 35 Years of Representing Debtors, TMA Midwest Regional Conference, April 29-30, 2019

Author, “What Advisors to Agricultural Producers Need to Know About Loan Workouts," Journal of Corporate Renewal, Turnaround Management Association, April 2019

Featured in "How to Fix a Troubled Farm Loan,” Successful Farming, February 20, 2019

Author, “Time to Consider Other Options for Farm Bankruptcies,” Star Tribune, December 24, 2018

Co-Presenter, Retail Restructuring and Liquidation, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 25th Annual Central States Workshop

Co-Presenter, Anatomy of a Retail Bankruptcy, Hennepin County Debtor Creditor Committee and Minnesota Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association

Moderator with Panelists Henry Sommer and Honorable Dennis R. Dow, Selected Consumer Topics, Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, sponsored by the American College of Bankruptcy and the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School, 2018

Co-Author, “Chapter 11—Reorganization,” Bankruptcy Practice In Minnesota Deskbook, Continuing Legal Education

Co-Author, “Foreclosure and Repossession in Minnesota,” Continuing Legal Education

Co-Author, “Loan Workout and Collateral Liquidation in Minnesota,” Continuing Legal Education

Co-Author, “Selected Topics on Lender Liability for Mortgage Lenders,” Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Frequent lecturer on debtor/creditor issues to trade groups, attorneys and other insolvency professionals

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