Ann Ustad Smith


Current Position

Retired Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
1 S. Pinckney Street
Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703

Tel: 608-695-7873
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Class: XXII (2011)Circuit: Seventh


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. Sociology, B.A. Behavioral Science & Law (1981)
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, J.D. (1984)

Professional Career

Partner (1991-2019); Associate (1984-91), Michael Best & Friedrich LLP


American Bankruptcy Institute (1993-)
Turnaround Management Association: Member and Instructor for the "Body of Knowledge-Law" course (2006-)
American Bar Association (1985-)
State Bar of Wisconsin: Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights Section; Litigation Section (1984-)
Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Bar: Past Vice Chair; Chair; Executive Committee Member (1990-)
University of Wisconsin Law School, Guest Lecturer (1993-)


"WBA Compliance Forum," Wisconsin Bankers Association 2012 Co-author and Co-presenter
"Workouts 101," Wisconsin Bankers Association 2011 Co-author and Co-presenter
"Counterparty Risk," Wisconsin Bankers Association 2010 Co-author and Co-presenter
"Lessons Learned From the VeraSun Bankruptcy," Wisconsin Agri-Service Association 2009 Author
"Loan Workout and Collateral Liquidation" 2000,02-03 Co-author and Co-presenter
"Foreclosure and Repossession," National Business Institute 1988-89, 93, 95 Co-author and Co-presenter
"How to Protect Secured Interests in Bankruptcy in Wisconsin," National Business Institute 1994 Co-author and Co-presenter
"Problem Loans," National Business Institute 1991 Co-author and Co-presenter


Wisconsin Law Foundation, Fellow (Class of 2001)
Wisconsin Law Journal, Wisconsin Leaders in the Law, Inaugural Class (10 members) (2003)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Business Litigation (2005-06), Commercial Litigation (2007-14), Litigation-Banking & Finance (2012-14), Litigation-Bankruptcy (2012-14), Bet the Company Litigation (2012-20)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2007-20)
Madison Magazine, Listed in "Top Lawyers" - Bankruptcy (2003, 05, 09, 11)
Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin SuperLawyer in the area of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2005-19)
Milwaukee Magazine, One of the top 25 women in Wisconsin SuperLawyers (2006-19)
Milwaukee Magazine, One of the top 25 Madison area lawyers in Wisconsin SuperLawyers (2014-2019)
SuperLawyers (National) Corporate Counsel Edition, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, (2009-10)
Milwaukee Magazine", One of the top 10 lawyers in the state in Wisconsin "SuperLawyers" (2018-19)