Laura Peck, a partner in Axley, focuses her practice on commercial lending, real estate transactions, non-profit organizations and general business matters. Her clients are small and large banks, for-profit and non-profit corporations, insurance companies and small businesses. All benefit from her specialized expertise in complex financial transactions and real estate.
Ms. Peck has worked in the world of finance for more than 25 years. Her experience as in-house counsel at several large and mid-sized institutions gives her a unique ability to understand and respond to her clients’ needs and concerns.
Ms. Peck’s approach to her work is simple: get to know the client and the client’s projects, and serve as part of a team of trusted advisors. That means walking construction sites, touring manufacturing facilities, attending board meetings and building relationships with the many professionals involved in bringing a project to life.
Because she has worked for many years in finance, insurance and real estate, Ms. Peck is accustomed to helping her clients through both the upswings and the downturns. Ms. Peck specializes in finance, real estate and business transactions, including commercial lending; portfolio and securitized commercial mortgage finance; construction finance; loan servicing; the acquisition, financing, leasing, management and disposition of real estate assets; and the workout and resolution of distressed debt. In down markets, she works on foreclosures and short sales, and helps clients who are dealing with suppression of values. When the market is strong, Ms. Peck is busy with a multitude of business finance and real estate transactions. As the economy improves, Ms. Peck is seeing more government-backed finance deals, more new construction and new life for projects that had gotten stuck.
Ms. Peck was a Women in the Law 2014 honoree, recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal for her excellence in the legal field, as well as her commitment to creating opportunities for women to succeed within the profession. Peck ranks among the top, most influential female attorneys in the state whose accomplishments and initiatives have not only encouraged women to pursue legal careers, but have allowed them to enter into various types of jobs historically closed off to women.
EducationJ.D., with high honors, University of Connecticut
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Connecticut
Involvement & Recognition
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
- Member, Dane County Bar Association
- Member, Connecticut Bar Association
- Former board member, Rotary Club of Madison/Downtown Rotary
- Former Trustee and President, Madison Rotary Foundation
- Member, Maple Bluff Plan Commission
- Member, Wisconsin REALTORS Association, Real Estate Forms Committee
- Secretary and Board Member, Pres House
- Women in the Law 2014 honoree by Wisconsin Law Journal
- Named by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Madison
- Named a top Banking and Finance Law attorney by The Best Lawyers In America©
Represented the purchaser of a parking garage complex from a municipal authority
Represented the seller of a horse farm and stable operation
Acted as purchaser’s local counsel in a $300,000,000 multistate acquisition of shopping centers
Represented landlords and tenants in leases of retail, healthcare, office and hospitality facilities
Assisted as underwriter’s counsel in a $130 million bond issuance by a state authority
Represented a local lender in a $15 million leasehold financing of a public/private educational facility
Represented a national lender in a $37 million credit facility to fund an ESOP transaction for a multistate convenience store operator
Represented a regional lender group in an aggregate of $150 million in development and mini-permanent loans to hospitality industry borrower (hotel, timeshare and water park facility)
Represented a local bank in a loan workout of 23 business and real estate loans to 13 related entities in Wisconsin aggregating approximately $15 million