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Dennis W. Hollman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

For over thirty-five years, Dennis has advised business owners in all areas of contract and

corporate law. He focuses primarily on assisting his clients with business succession

planning, estate planning, contract and corporate law—with an emphasis on mergers and

acquisitions, shareholder/partner disputes, and financial workouts for businesses. One of

the founding members of the firm in 1973, Dennis has assisted hundreds of business

owners and their companies in structuring successful business succession plans. These

comprehensive plans have included assisting business owners in their estate planning,

providing the owners—if necessary—with retirement income as part of the plan, and

determining who would control the business in the future and when and how changes

would occur.

Additional Information

Dennis Assists Clients With
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Shareholder/Partner Disputes
  • Business Financing
  • Complex Contractual Matters and Negotiations
  • Financial Workouts


  • Frequent speaker for business and professional groups on business succession planning and estate planning, including “Transferring the Family Business to the Next Generation,” State Bar of Wisconsin, July 1994.
  • Authored numerous articles and an educational handbook on business succession planning and estate planning.


University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeBS University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. 1971
Hebron House of Hospitality FoundationSociety of Financial Service Professionals-Milwaukee ChapterHunger Task Force of Milwaukee-MATCH CampaignTyme Out Youth Center

Case History

Examples of Dennis’ Recent Client Work
  • When assisting clients with the transition of the family businesses to the next generation, Dennis structures succession plans which allow the business to remain strong, generate retirement income—if needed—for the transitioning owners, minimize taxes, treat the children equitably to preserve family harmony, and transfer control of the business to children who are best able to continue the successful growth and operation of the business.
  • Successfully planning over a thirty-five year period for four generations of family members in a company that grew from a very small contractor to the fourth largest of its type in Wisconsin.
  • Facilitated successful management buy-outs of businesses by key employees from existing owners.
  • Assisted many family business owners with their retirement planning by structuring purchases of the family business by next generation family members in a setting that provides the owner with retirement income in a secure transaction that does not adversely affect the continued operation of the business.
Examples of Dennis' Recent Client Work (Part 2)
  • Assisted numerous business owners in structuring buy-sell agreements among the owners to create a market for their closely-held stock in the event of their death, disability, retirement or termination of employment at a fair value, while assuring continuity of management and continued operation of the business.
  • Structured agreements between sole owners of businesses (who had no heirs interested or involved in the business) and their key employees to allow the owner’s interest in the business to be purchased by the employees at fair market value in the event of the owner’s premature death, while still allowing the owner the right to sell the business at any time during his or her lifetime.
  • Successfully negotiated and closed numerous purchase and sale transactions for client’s businesses, including both tax-free and taxable exchanges.
  • Facilitated settlements in numerous stockholder disputes without the need for litigation. In a recent case, Dennis’ clients obtained more than eight times their initial settlement offer.

Office Location

111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning)

Other Information

Gender: Male