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Sheila R. Schwager

Partner
LOCATION   Boise Office
PHONE   208.344.6000
FAX   208.954.5261
EMAIL   sschwager@hawleytroxell.com
Sheila Schwager

Sheila Schwager is Chair of the Creditor Rights/Bankruptcy practice group and a member of the firm’s board of partners. She focuses her practice on creditor rights and bankruptcy, including the representation of consumer and commercial lenders involving the Uniform Commercial Code, federal and state lending laws, foreclosures, collections, workouts, and the defense of lender liability claims. She has experience with State and Federal consumer protection laws on behalf of creditors, including federal and state telemarketing laws, credit reports, Fair Debt Collection Procedure Act, and loan workouts. Ms. Schwager has substantial experience in a wide variety of legal issues that arise in the auction industry. She also participates in litigation and trials in California and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is licensed to practice in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Significant Representation

Ms. Schwager represents a number of creditors including:

  • Glacier Bank
  • Columbia Bank
  • KeyBank
  • Sunwest Bank
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Mountain West Bank
  • Citizens Community Bank
  • Northwest Bank
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Bank of Idaho
  • Idaho First Bank
  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • Boise Cascade
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • CHS Capital
  • Crop Production Services/ Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • CNH
  • Idaho Trust Bank
  • BMW Financial Services
  • Volvo Financial
  • Producers Livestock
  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Special Deputy Counsel for State of North Dakota

She also represents creditors in the defense of bankruptcy preference actions across the United States, such as ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel, LLC.

Pro Bono
Ms. Schwager conducts pro bono services for the Idaho State Bar, including, but not limited to CASA, participating in the Bankruptcy Hotline, acting as an arbitrator for attorney fee dispute cases that have arisen between local attorneys, and is involved with I-CARE, an educational group of professionals working with high schools to provide credit issue counseling education. She also participated as an Attorney Mentor in Youth Court and in mock trial presentations for local high schools.


Education

LAW SCHOOL: University of Idaho, J.D., summa cum laude, 1994

UNDERGRADUATE: University of Idaho, B.S., cum laude, 1991

Community Activities

Idaho Women Lawyers, member

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Pro Bono attorney

Idaho Humane Society, President, 2016–2017, Vice President, 2015–2016, Secretary, 2013–2014, Board of Directors, 2012–2018

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Boise Program, 2000–2002

Citizens Advisory Committee for the Ada Planning Association, 1998–2000


Sheila Schwager

Sheila R. Schwager

Partner
PHONE   208.344.6000
FAX   208.954.5261
EMAIL    sschwager@hawleytroxell.com

Biography

Sheila Schwager is Chair of the Creditor Rights/Bankruptcy practice group and a member of the firm’s board of partners. She focuses her practice on creditor rights and bankruptcy, including the representation of consumer and commercial lenders involving the Uniform Commercial Code, federal and state lending laws, foreclosures, collections, workouts, and the defense of lender liability claims. She has experience with State and Federal consumer protection laws on behalf of creditors, including federal and state telemarketing laws, credit reports, Fair Debt Collection Procedure Act, and loan workouts. Ms. Schwager has substantial experience in a wide variety of legal issues that arise in the auction industry. She also participates in litigation and trials in California and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is licensed to practice in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Significant Representation

Ms. Schwager represents a number of creditors including:

  • Glacier Bank
  • Columbia Bank
  • KeyBank
  • Sunwest Bank
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Mountain West Bank
  • Citizens Community Bank
  • Northwest Bank
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Bank of Idaho
  • Idaho First Bank
  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • Boise Cascade
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • CHS Capital
  • Crop Production Services/ Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • CNH
  • Idaho Trust Bank
  • BMW Financial Services
  • Volvo Financial
  • Producers Livestock
  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Special Deputy Counsel for State of North Dakota

She also represents creditors in the defense of bankruptcy preference actions across the United States, such as ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel, LLC.

Pro Bono
Ms. Schwager conducts pro bono services for the Idaho State Bar, including, but not limited to CASA, participating in the Bankruptcy Hotline, acting as an arbitrator for attorney fee dispute cases that have arisen between local attorneys, and is involved with I-CARE, an educational group of professionals working with high schools to provide credit issue counseling education. She also participated as an Attorney Mentor in Youth Court and in mock trial presentations for local high schools.


Education

LAW SCHOOL: University of Idaho, J.D., summa cum laude, 1994

UNDERGRADUATE: University of Idaho, B.S., cum laude, 1991

Community Activities

Idaho Women Lawyers, member

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Pro Bono attorney

Idaho Humane Society, President, 2016–2017, Vice President, 2015–2016, Secretary, 2013–2014, Board of Directors, 2012–2018

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Boise Program, 2000–2002

Citizens Advisory Committee for the Ada Planning Association, 1998–2000


Memberships & Accolades

Memberships

Washington State Bar, 2019

Oregon State Bar, 2017

Idaho State Bar, 1994

Idaho State Bar, Governing Board Member of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, 2002-2008

Idaho State Bar, Idaho Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, since 1994

Idaho State Bar, Chairperson for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Advisory Committee on Local Rules, 2006-2016

Idaho State Bar, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Advisory Committee on Local Rules 2001-2005

ABI (American Bankruptcy Institute)

American Bar Association

Inns of Court

Accomplishments

Mountain States Top 50 Women Super Lawyer, 2017-2020

Mountain States Super Lawyer- Creditor Debtor Rights, 2013-2021

Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law, Partner, 2015

Idaho Business Review, Women of the Year, 2014

Best Lawyers of America – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2019–2021

Chambers & Partners USA – Bankruptcy/Restructuring, since 2008, Band 1

Professionalism Award from the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Idaho State Bar, 2009

Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40 Recipient, 2005

Women’s & Children’s Alliance (WCA) Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) award Award Recipient, 2005