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James G. DeJong

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Jim is the firm’s Chairman and a member of the Business Law Group. Jim’s business law
practice is diverse. He is experienced in successfully guiding clients through a wide variety
of matters from forming and financing business entities to negotiating and documenting
complex business transactions. He frequently represents buyers and sellers of businesses.
Jim also has extensive experience working with clients on corporate governance matters.


Additional Information

Jim Assists Clients With
  • Purchasing and selling businesses
  • Private equity, venture capital and debt financing
  • Contract negotiation and preparation
  • Business development issues including: entity formation, growth, and exit strategies
  • Corporate governance matters
  • Private offerings of debt and equity securities


  • “Update on the Applicability of Sarbanes-Oxley to Private Companies”– Lauber CFOs Roundtable Conference
  • “Strategies to Minimize Legal Risk”–Select Circle of Contracting Excellence Customer Business Conference
  • “Current Status of the Law Regarding Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements”–Lauber CFOs Roundtable Conference
  • “The Due Diligence Process in Business Acquisitions”–WICPA
  • “What Every Business Owner Should Know About Anti-Trust Laws & Restraints of Trade”–Select Circle of Contracting Excellence Customer Business Conference


Carroll CollegeBS Marquette University Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
Carroll UniversityAssociation for Corporate Growth, WisconsinCrossroads Presbyterian ChurchFriends of Art of the Milwaukee Art MueseumMilwaukee Repertory Theater

Case History

Examples of Jim's Recent Client Work
  • Represented the purchaser in its acquisition of a leading manufacturer of highly technical plastic injection molded components.
  • Represented a manufacturer of products for the worldwide foodservice industry in its acquisition of a well-known line of foodservice products.
  • Represented a leading provider of peripherals for AC and DC drives in a private equity-backed management buyout.
  • Regularly represents a Wisconsin based private equity group in its merger and acquisition activities.
  • Represented a manufacturer of heat transfer products with multi-state manufacturing facilities in a private equity-backed management buyout.
  • Represented the owners of a company which provides goods to health care facilities in their sale to a private equity-backed management buyout.


Examples of Jim's Recent Client Work (Part 2)
  • Represented a management group in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a large wholesale beverage distribution business.    
  • Represents the board of directors of a mutual insurance company in corporate governance related matters.
  • Represented the management group of a large, regional electronic component distribution business in their purchase of the business from a publicly owned buyer.
  • Represented the controlling shareholders of a family-owned, multi-state manufacturing and distribution business in resolution of a dispute with a minority shareholder.
  • Served as lead attorney representing a multi-national corporation in negotiating and preparing agreements relating to a $400 million project.
  • Lead attorney for a telecommunications company in connection with obtaining more than $100 million in venture capital financing.

Client Comments

"James DeJong has been not only known as the common sense lawyer and one of the finest M&A attorneys, but has also lead the firm to the most value producing firm we have worked with in Wisconsin and many other states."

-Terry Mather
Laacke & Joys

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law (Regulatory)

Other Information

Gender: Male