Bruce A. Lanser
  • Managing Partner


Waukesha, WI





Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Bruce A. Lanser received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 1978 and his law degree from Marquette University in 1982. He owns and operates Lanser Law Office in Waukesha, WI where his practice is devoted to the representation of individual and small business debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies and in settlement negotiations and voluntary workouts. Mr. Lanser also serves as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1982


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
    • B.S. - 1978
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science


  • Build Your Practice - Basic Bankruptcy: Representing Client in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Filings, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015
  • Annual Bankruptcy Update Seminar, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Ethical Issues Faced By Lawyers in Joint Representation, State Bar of Wisconsin, Annual Convention 2005
  • Sec. 707(b): What Is It, Where Did It Come From and How Is It Applied, State of Wisconsin, Bar Convention 2004
  • Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1999
  • Build Your Practice: A Closer Look at Chapter 13, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1997
  • Basic Issues in Bankruptcy, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1992
  • Mid-Winter Convention, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1991
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Step by Step Analysis, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1991
  • Pitfalls in Bankruptcy, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1989
  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure, National Business Institute, 1993
  • Bankruptcy Procedures for Paralegals, Professional Education Systems, 1994
  • Consumer Advocacy and Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Legal Action of Wisconsin - Volunteer Lawyers Project, 1995, 2000, 2002
  • What the Personal Injury Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Winter Seminar, 2000
  • Great Expectations, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2003
  • Selected Highlights from BAPCPA, Society of Family Lawyers, 2005
  • In Pursuit of the Perfect Happiness Package, Society of Family Lawyers, 2003
  • 2003 Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, Wisconsin CLE, 2003
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning and the Timing of Bankruptcy Relative to Divorce, Foley Inns of Court, 2004
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning and the Timing of Bankruptcy Relative to Divorce, American Bar Association Section of Family Law, Fall Convention, 2004
  • Bankruptcy Abuse and Prevention Act of 2005, Marquette University Law School, 2005
  • Creditor/Debtor Proceedings Unit of Lawyer Skills Course, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2007
  • Bankruptcy for the Rest of Us, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2011
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning: Where is the Line Between Prudence and Fraud, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2013
  • Latent Injury Claims in Bankruptcy, Univ. of Wisconsin Law School, 36th Annual Debtor-Creditor Law Conference February 2016
  • Bankruptcy 101: What Every Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer Should Know About Bankruptcy, Milwaukee Bar Association/Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, February 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Milwaukee Magazine, Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, 1999 and 2003
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating (Highest Rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
  • Best Lawyers In America
  • Best Lawyers' 2012, 2019 Milwaukee Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year
  • Judge Dale E. Ihlenfeldt Bankruptcy Award, 2012
  • Shepherd Express, 2012 Best of Milwaukee, Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow, inducted 2013
  • M Magazine's Leading Lawyers, 2015, 2018
  • AI Leading Advisor Awards - Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year - Wisconsin
  • USNews Best Law Firms

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member since 1982
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member, 1982 to 2010
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section, Board Member, 2003 to 2009
  • Local Rules Committee of United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Past Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Farm Crisis Committee, Past Member
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow since 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • St. Charles Catholic Church, Core Team Member, Student Ministries, 2010 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED of Wisconsin