Jane F. "Ginger" Zimmerman

Jane F. "Ginger" Zimmerman


Murphy Desmond S.C.

Recognized since 2009

Madison, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Municipal Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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As President of Murphy Desmond S.C., attorney Ginger Zimmerman is responsible for strategic planning, management, growth and development of the firm, in addition to representing her clients.

Ginger's legal practice combines her experience in business, real estate, bankruptcy, secured transactions, agricultural and commercial transactions, loan transactions, and litigation. She represents creditors, debtors, receivers and Trustees in bankruptcies, collections, foreclosures, reorganizations, liquidations and Wisconsin Chapter 128 proceedings.Ginger also represents purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants of commercial and agricultural real estate. Her background in commercial and agricultural law is particularly helpful in structuring and negotiating financing for new businesses, refinancings, business acquisitions, expansions, reorganizations, and succession plans.

In her practice, Ginger represents borrowers, guarantors and lenders in commercial and agricultural loan transactions.

Ginger assists entrepreneurs with entity formation, governance, contracts, real estate and financing. Her experience in working with creditors and debtors in collections, bankruptcies and business reorganizations gives Ginger a unique perspective in helping owners avoid financial pitfalls of starting and operating a business.

Since joining the firm in 1992, Ginger has served in leadership roles including Chair of the firm's Board of Directors, Managing Shareholder, and Practice Group Leader (current Co-Leader) for the Creditors' Rights, Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She currently serves on the board of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Ginger was named "Madison Lawyer of the Year - Litigation-Bankruptcy" in 2021 by Best Lawyers, and was named "Madison Lawyer of the Year - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law" in 2020, 2018 and 2016. She has been consistently included on lists for Best Lawyers (in three practice areas) and Wisconsin Super Lawyers, including "Top 25 Women" in Madison by Super Lawyers. In 2020, Ginger was included on the Lawdragon Inaugural "500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers" list, considered a pinnacle award. In addition, she was inducted into the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, another exclusive honor. Ginger is rated AV (top rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com, and 10.0 "Superb" on Avvo.com. She was previously honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a "Women in the Law" for her work in the legal field and her support, mentoring, and encouragement of female attorneys in their careers.

Based in Murphy Desmond's Madison office, Ginger also is available by appointment in the firm's Appleton, Janesville, and Dodgeville offices.

Location

  • 33 East Main Street, Suite 500
    P.O. Box 2038
    Madison, WI 53703

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison , J.D., graduated 1985
  • Georgetown University, BSBA, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Wisconsin, US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin, Western District Bankruptcy Court
  • Wisconsin, Eastern District Bankruptcy Court
  • Illinois, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Section, State Bar of Wisconsin - Board member
  • Wisconsin Network, IWIRC - Founding member and officer
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
  • Executive Women's Golf Association--Madison Chapter - Past President and Handicap Chair
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Member
  • TMA Milwaukee - Member/Sponsor
  • United Way of Dane County - Former Chair,Key Club Committee and Women United
  • Western District Wisconsin Bankruptcy Bar - Past Program chair and Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Bankruptcy, Madison (2021)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Madison (2020)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Madison (2018)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Madison (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Municipal Law

Special Focus

  • Chapter 12
  • Collections
  • Commercial
  • Committee Representation
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Debtors' Rights
  • Foreclosures
  • Litigation
  • Loan Documentation
  • Out-of-Court Workouts
  • Workouts and Restructurings

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