Wade Burgeson Attorney at Engelman Berger


[email protected]
602.271.9090 MAIN
602.222.4989 DIRECT
602.222.4999 FAX
2800 North Central Avenue
Suite 1200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Bankruptcy and Reorganization
Creditors’ Rights
Loan Workouts
Commercial Landlord Tenant Law
Real Estate
Loan Documentation
Business and Financial Restructuring
Automobile Dealership Law
Credit Union Law


University of North Dakota, J.D. with distinction in 1994
University of North Dakota, B.A. Political Science


Admitted to practice before the courts of Arizona, Nevada and Colorado

Assisted By

Lisa Morgan


Wade M. Burgeson represents clients in matters involving commercial litigation, receiverships, collateral enforcement, loan workouts, and debtor-creditor related matters, ranging from pre-judgment remedies and receiverships to disputes in bankruptcy court. Wade joined the firm in 2001 as an experienced attorney having previously represented diverse business interests in both litigation and transactional matters. He has extensive experience practicing before both state and federal courts, trying both bench and jury trials. Currently, Wade represents borrowers, lenders, and related parties in bankruptcy litigation, loan disputes, receiverships, and enforcement of lender’s rights, as well as acting as general corporate counsel and counsel for receivers in various collateral enforcement actions. Wade also has extensive experience in the medical marijuana industry, representing both owners and lenders, in matters related to litigation, receiverships, and corporate governance and governmental regulation.



Providing clients with creative and effective solutions to a broad range of business and commercial disputes.



Business Owners
Land Owners
Financial Institutions in the Enforcement and Defense of Commercial Loan Agreements and Guaranties
Gaming Interests
Regional Airports
Medical Marijuana



Agricultural, Livestock and Dairy Farmers
Art Collectors
Automobile Dealerships
Commercial and Consumer Lenders
Credit Unions
Financial Institutions
Gaming and Casinos
Medical Marijuana
Real Estate Developers



American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association


Presentations & Recognition

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Phoenix, AZ, since 2021

2015 District of Arizona Annual Conference – Panel presentation discussing post-chapter 11 confirmation injunctions in favor of non-debtor entities

2010 State Bar Convention – Panel presentation discussing receiverships and bankruptcy issues; pro bono award


Career Highlights

Representation of a bank client in the consensual liquidation of a high-end retail clothing business.

Representation of a receiver in the operation and liquidation of a large dairy business, involving litigation in both state and federal courts and the collection of in excess of $20,000,000 for the lender.

Successful defense of a seller in a lawsuit alleging an 8-figure land sale fraudulent transaction.

Representation of a high-end condominium developer in obtaining a confirmed chapter 11 plan and successful litigation against multi-million dollar judgment creditor.

Representation of a national financial institution’s real estate owned division, including preparation of all transactional and title documents and negotiating sales through the close of escrow.

Representation of national financial institution in obtaining a multi-million dollar judgment and recovery/liquidation of collateral.

Representation of various lenders in enforcing and defending the lender’s rights in real estate and personal property collateral, including obtaining pre-judgment remedies.

Achieving an out-of-court restructuring for the owners of two hotel properties allowing them to retain their properties with a negotiated resolution with their lenders.

Representation of a bank in the workout of a credit facility between the bank and an auto service company covering multiple locations and numerous guarantors.

Representation of a credit union in the enforcement of creditors’ rights in state and federal courts, including pre-judgment seizure of collateral.

Representation of a bankruptcy debtor in the successful prosecution and trial of an objection to a claim filed by a governmental entity.

Litigation of numerous non-dischargeability actions in bankruptcy proceedings.