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DeWitt Attorney Spotlight — Jack Atnip, III

Jack Atnip is a Business and Finance attorney with 20 years of experience.  He is a partner with DeWitt and practices in the Minneapolis office. Jack’s areas of expertise include representing businesses and lenders in commercial transactions and litigation, with a special emphasis on cybersecurity issues; as well as collections and judgment enforcement and generally handling all forms of creditor/debtor matters, including tax debt resolution, as discussed further below.

Jack was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the grandson of a Commander in the Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor during WWII.  Jack’s father was a foreman in a construction company.  During the tumultuous economic period of the late 1970s, Jack’s family decided to move to the “Mainland” with his father’s company to follow what construction work there was at the time.  At 4 years of age, Jack left Honolulu and found himself in rural Alabama.  After moving several times in rapid succession thereafter, Jack wound up in Duluth, Minnesota, where he spent the better part of his childhood.  But before long it was time to move again as Jack’s father took a position at a large aerospace company in California.  So, it was off to Los Angeles for 8th grade.

After high school, Jack attended the University of California, San Diego.  He initially entered college in the biomechanical engineering program, expecting to go on to medical school.  But as with so many best laid plans, things made an unexpected turn, and Jack decided he was much better suited for the courtroom than the operating room.  After graduating from UCSD, Jack attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  Jack received his California Bar license and practiced the first few years of his career at a medium-sized business litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles.  And, because life is just funny that way, Jack ultimately ended up in Minneapolis in 2001 – coming full circle – completely by coincidence.  He has been there ever since, proudly calling himself a Minnesotan, having lived there longer than anywhere else.

Jack has been successfully litigating cases in state and federal court, enforcing judgments, collecting debt obligations, and advising lenders, businesses and individuals since 1999.  He is licensed in Minnesota and California, and has handled cases on a     pro hac basis in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, and several other states, as well as representing clients in Canada, Europe and Asia.

Jack has been involved in dozens of mediations, arbitrations and trials, and has successfully handled several appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  He is highly experienced and proficient in collections and judgment enforcement proceedings such as asset seizures, executions on judgment liens and sheriff’s levies,  lis pendens, bank account and wage garnishments, charging orders, collection against corporations and LLCs, intellectual property seizures, unwinding sophisticated and complex asset transfers, offshore/foreign account clawbacks, fraudulent transfers, contempt proceedings, successor entity liability, and corporate veil-piercing liability of officers and owners.  Jack has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and assets for his clients.  

Jack has experience drafting all manner of loan documents for banks and other financial services companies under Minnesota and California law as well as under Uniform Commercial Code standards.  He has advised lenders and assisted in document preparation on hundreds of financial transactions, from commercial real estate acquisitions such as apartment buildings and retail centers, to business operating lines of credit, new construction funding, commercial equipment lease financing, asset-based lending, mezzanine financing, and agricultural loans, including farmer-lender mediations, and rights-of-first-refusal proceedings.

One of the hallmarks of a good lawyer is the ability to be a creative problem solver.  Hiring a lawyer, especially for litigation, is usually a costly proposition.  When a dispute arises, Jack will do everything he can to achieve a positive and efficient resolution and avoid protracted litigation if at all possible.

In addition to the foregoing, Jack advises businesses and financial institutions on cybersecurity matters and assists them in developing and implementing security breach response plans.

Last but not least, Jack also handles tax resolution matters, and advises clients on legitimate ways to rehabilitate and improve their credit scores.

Jack can be reached at (612) 305-1501 or via e-mail at

About the Author

Julie Nagorski is an attorney located in our Minneapolis office with significant experience litigating disputes in numerous areas of the law, with a focus in real property and construction disputes. Contact Julie by email or at (612) 305-14​27.

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