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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 1979
  • Washington, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Wendell Kusnerus

KusnerusWendell
Partner
T503.778.5338
F503.276.5779
Wendell Kusnerus brings 30 years’ experience to his practice, including 17 years as in-house counsel for U.S. Bank. He represents financial institutions in all aspects of commercial lending, including complex loan transactions, negotiated amendments and workout agreements, and appears in state, federal and bankruptcy courts to protect and enforce lenders' rights. Wendell also represents banks in commercial disputes, such as those involving forged checks and other negotiable instrument problems.

Practice Highlights
  • Negotiating, documenting and closing loan transactions secured by real property, personal property and exotic collateral
  • Successful workouts resolving borrowers' defaults on commercial and real estate loans
  • Real property and personal property foreclosures, including selling OREO real property following completion of foreclosure
  • Commercial bankruptcy cases, including Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases and single-asset real estate debtors

Representative Experience

Representation of financial institution in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filed by real estate entity

Represented a financial institution in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by this real estate entity. After obtaining appointment of a trustee, drafted and obtained confirmation of a creditor's liquidating plan of reorganization. (Ongoing)

Representation of financial institution in state court lawsuit and workout with grass seed farmer

Represented a financial institution with respect to delinquent obligations totaling eight-figures, owed by a grass seed farmer. Filed a foreclosure lawsuit in state court and obtained provisional process attaching the collateral. Negotiated a workout, which has resulted in full payment of the largest obligation; refinancing of the remaining obligations is pending. (Ongoing)

Representation of financial institution in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filed by real estate entity

Represented a financial institution in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by this entity, which owns a rock quarry. Prevented approval of the debtor's motion to sell the client's collateral, free and clear of liens, on very unfavorable terms; plan of reorganization, with substantially improved payment terms, is about to be confirmed. (2013)

Additional Qualifications

  • Served as In-house Counsel for U.S. Bank for 17 years, including more than 10 years as In-house Counsel for its Special Assets Group