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Joseph M. Lischwe ATTORNEY

Joseph M. Lischwe

Joe Lischwe has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1985.

He has been involved in a wide range of legal matters including representing businesses in Chapter 11 cases, bankruptcy litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and various real estate transactions.

Joe grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a joint degree in History and Education. After graduation, he spent 4 years as a high school history teacher and football coach before attending St. Louis University School of Law and earning his J.D. Degree, cum laude, in 1985.

Joe served as law clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and then entered private practice in 1987 where he quickly gravitated to bankruptcy law representing both creditors and debtors.

In 1989 Joe was appointed as a member of the Panel of Standing Chapter 7 Trustees for the Middle District of North Carolina. He continued to serve in that capacity until 1997 when he took a position as Assistant General Counsel with a global chemical manufacturer.

In 2004 he took a new job as General Counsel of a hotel development and management company where he developed expertise in real estate and corporate law. His time working in-house for these companies gave him a unique perspective in business law and the issues businesses face on a daily basis.

In 2009 Joe returned to private practice, again, focusing on bankruptcy issues and representing both creditors and debtors. He has represented numerous financial institutions in bankruptcy matters in all three of North Carolina’s federal judicial districts. He has frequently represented parties in Adversary Proceedings involving claims for violations of the bankruptcy stay, the discharge injunction, truth in lending laws, wrongful foreclosure, predatory lending, and fraud among others.

In 2010, Joe was appointed as a member of the Panel of Standing Chapter 7 Trustees for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He has served as Chapter 7 Trustee for numerous businesses, and thousands of individuals. Joe has long found the Trustee work deeply satisfying and eye-opening.

“It is very touching to hear from Chapter 7 debtors regarding the incredible financial difficulties they have faced from job loss, mortgage foreclosures to costly and debilitating illness. These people are young and old and from all walks of life and it is an honor to play a role in their financial fresh start as well as doing my best to assure that the rights of their creditors are protected and preserved.”

Joe has been an active member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and has spoken at various seminars and meetings over the years and has been a frequent speaker at the University of North Carolina’s Business School. He is a former Chairman of St. Andrews Catholic Church Parish Counsel, the Wake County Social Services Board, and the Town of Cary Board of Adjustment.

Joe joined the Sasser Law Firm in 2020, bringing 35 years of legal experience with him. He has appeared in all of North Carolina’s Federal Bankruptcy and District Courts, as well the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Superior and District Courts.

Joe and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Cary, NC since 1988, and have been married since 1980. They spend much of their free time working in their yard and garden and with their two adult children who live nearby.

Associations & Awards

  • 2019 Business North Carolina Legal Elite Badge
  • North Carolina Bar Association | Sasser Law Firm
  • super lawyers logo
  • Attorney at Law Magazine, Local Authority Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell award for high professional achievement at Sasser Law Firm
  • NC Bar Association Legal Specialization | Sasser Law Firm
  • client champion logo
  • Top Bankruptcy Attorney | Sasser Law Firm
  • American Bankruptcy Institute | Sasser Law Firm
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys | Sasser Law Firm
  • American Board of Certification | Sasser Law Firm
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