Adjunct Faculty, Office Managing Partner at Cozen O'Connor
Thomas Wallrich, the office managing partner for the firm's Minneapolis office, joined Cozen O'Connor in 2013 from Hinshaw & Culbertson. Tom concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial transactions, banking, bankruptcy, real estate finance and development and commercial litigation. In the past 20 years, Tom has also developed a substantial practice in international trade in the regions of China, Mexico and Canada
Tom's bankruptcy practice includes representing debtors, creditors, and committees in complex reorganization proceedings and work-outs, as well as debt and equity restructurings. His banking practice is focused primarily on representation of community banks and regional banks in transaction documentation, participation agreements, regulatory matters, and debt restructuring transactions and litigation. Tom is also experienced in commercial transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses and significant import-export experience particularly in the Pacific Rim and Canada. His commercial dispute resolution experience includes significant litigation, non-litigation and administrative representations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
Tom's real estate practice involves representation of commercial landlords in lease creation, lease disputes, property recovery, and bankruptcy matters. He also represents many commercial and residential developers in land use issues, governmental approval matters, subdivision of land, tax increment financing, sales, financing, and debt treatment and restructuring matters.
Tom has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Thompson Reuters for 15 consecutive years. He has also been named one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers for business restructuring and workouts. Tom is active in the Twins Cities community; he is a clinical instructor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, he serves his alma mater on the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts Internship Board, and is also active in fundraising at Benilde/St. Margaret's Academy.
|Description of course 772 :||A comprehensive clinical legal program that provides classroom sessions on bankruptcy law and guidance through one of two practical bankruptcy situations in the representation of real clients. The students will practice under the student practice rules of Federal Court and under the guidance of local bankruptcy attorneys. Students will actually appear in court and in front of the bankruptcy judges, argue motions, defend depositions, participate in settlement negotiations, counsel clients on the litigation risks, and try a jury trial in Bankruptcy Court. Enrollment limited to 8 students.|
|Description of course 793 :||The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule|
|Description of course 798 :|
|919||Clinic: Consumer Bankruptcy||3|
|Description of course 919 :||The Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic involves the filing of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition on behalf of an individual or a married couple. You will participate in the intake and retention of the client or clients. You will meet directly with clients and obtain the necessary information to properly prepare a bankruptcy case. You will learn to analyze the financial situation of the debtor, prepare the bankruptcy petitiion, schedules and statement of financial affairs and file them with the court. If the case is a Chapter 13, you will also prepare a Chapter 13 plan under which the debtor will repay all or some of his or her debt. You will appear on behalf of the debtors at the meeting of creditors, and monitor the case through the clients receiving their discharge. This will include responding to any requests from the trustee. In addition to gaining valuable experience in (1) consumer bankruptcy and (2) dealing directly with clients, you will be providing a valuable service to those who are less fortunate than most.|
|946||Clinic:Adv Consumer Bankruptcy||1|
|Description of course 946 :||A small number of students who have completed a semester in the Bankruptcy Clinic may be asked to participate in the clinic practice for a second semester by continuing client representation and providing assistance to new clinic students. Enrollment by permission only.|
|958||Clinic: Bankruptcy Litigation||3|
|Description of course 958 :||The Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic involves or will involve one of the following scenarios, with priority given to the first three: 1. Defending a debtor who has been sued for a denial of discharge; 2. Defending a debtor in a case commenced by a creditor to have one or more of the creditor's claims declared nondischargeable; 3. Assisting a debtor as a plaintiff to obtain a declaratory judgment that the debtor’s student loan debt is dischargeable as an undue hardship; 4. Defending third parties sued by a trustee to recover money or property; and 5. Prosecuting a case on behalf of plaintiff to have a debtor’s obligations declared nondischargeable. Students are under the supervision of bankruptcy attorneys from the firm of Hinshaw and Culbertson, LLC. The spring semester clinic is Clinic: Advanced Bankruptcy Litigation. Enrollment is by permission only. Prerequisite is LAWS 725 Professional Responsibility (with concurrent enrollment allowed). Preference to students who have taken Bankruptcy and/or Clinic: Consumer Bankruptcy.|
|959||Clinic: Adv. Bankruptcy Lit.||3|
|Description of course 959 :||This is the second semester of the two-semester clinic related to Bankruptcy Litigation work. Prerequisite: LAWS 958|