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Amy J. Swedberg


3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4140

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1996
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 1997
  • W.D. Wisconsin, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit, 2018
  • Ninth Circuit, 2014

Leadership & Community

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Racial Equity Challenge – 2021 Certified
  • Minnesota State Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section, President and Chair 2015-2016, Vice Chair 2014-2015, Secretary 2013-2014, Treasurer 2012-2013; Education Chair 2011-2012; Editor-in-Chief, Bankruptcy Bulletin 2009-2011; Editorial Board, Bankruptcy Bulletin 2006-2009
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation: Minnesota Chapter, Board of Directors 2015-present, Chair 2021
  • Turnaround Management Association ‒ Minnesota Chapter: Global Board of Trustees 2021-present, Board of Directors 2012-2018, President 2018, President Elect 2017; Network of Women (NOW) Committee 2010-present; Chair 2010-2017
  • Maslon UPLIFT: Legal Institute for Teens: Volunteer Coach
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Depart Smart: President, 2019-2020; Board of Directors 2016-2020
  • Parkettes Alumni Foundation: President 2018-present; Board of Directors 2018-present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Meritas: Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair 2006-2008; Chair 2008-2012
  • Financial Women International: Board of Directors 2008-2009
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers


Recognized as a 2020 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer by Lawdragon 500, Amy Swedberg represents lenders and other commercial creditors, asset purchasers, indenture trustees and adversary proceeding defendants with creditor rights and bankruptcy issues. She is an experienced litigator in the bankruptcy courts in Minnesota and other jurisdictions. Amy also assists lenders, bankruptcy trustees, and receivers in commercial real estate foreclosures, litigating fraudulent transfer claims, recovering assets, and negotiating workouts.

Amy's experience includes the representation of creditors and asset purchasers in major Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including Delta Air Lines, Petters Company, Barney’s, Granite City, Polaroid, Essar Steel, Gander Mountain, Toys "R" Us, Interstate Bakeries, Premier Entertainment, and United Homes.


  • Assisted lenders in providing debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and exit financing under confirmed Chapter 11 plans.
  • Represented asset purchasers in Section 363 bankruptcy sales, including multi-brand dining and entertainment corporation, national restaurant franchisor, manufacturer and distributor of office supplies, multinational boat manufacturer, and dairy farms operator.
  • Successful in obtaining ex parte, prejudgment order for garnishment of bank accounts before funds could be transferred to offshore accounts.
  • Represented indenture trustee in multi-million dollar recovery of excess deposits securing general indemnity bonds issued to bankrupt company.
  • Represented receiver in the operation and sale of multi-state, franchised businesses.
  • Negotiated favorable settlements in bankruptcy avoidance actions alleging claims for fraudulent transfer, insider preference, and 90-day preference.
  • Successful in obtaining multiple, non-dischargeable judgments for creditors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented bank in obtaining ex parte, emergency appointment of receiver for hotel and other businesses.
  • Represented Unsecured Creditor Committees in several local business bankruptcies.
  • In re: Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Bankr. D. Minn. 2015). Assisted with representation of the Parish Creditor Committee, comprised of over 100 parishes facing clergy abuse claims, and obtained tens of millions of dollars in insurance coverage settlements under missing insurance policies, which settlements were part of the $210 million settlement, the largest settlement by a diocese in bankruptcy to date in the United States.
  • Successfully defended bank in appeal of bankruptcy court order dismissing debtor's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to permit foreclosure of downtown St. Paul property.
  • Represented multiple equipment financing companies in securing expedited repossession of aircrafts, equipment, and other loan collateral.
  • Represented indenture trustee in bankruptcy of subprime mortgage lender with $500 million notes.
  • Represented indenture trustee in airline bankruptcy involving municipal bond debt issuances for airport improvements and successfully challenged true lease vs. secured debt distinction.
  • Represented secured lender in obtaining ex parte seizure order against debtor who had secreted assets.
  • Initiated several involuntary bankruptcy proceedings for creditors and successfully defended debtors seeking dismissal of cases.


Recognized as One of the Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce, 2021

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota®, 2022 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys selected for the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists.)

500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2020 (The list of attorneys is recognized for their remarkable skills in financing, structuring, litigating, and creating a pathway forward for companies seeking a chance in these challenging times.)

Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2021 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015-2016, 2019-2020 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)


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