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Thomas A. Merkle

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Tom is one of the initial members of the firm. He counsels his clients with general corporate and business law matters, including transactions such as acquisitions, sales, contracts, and financing. He also litigates cases involving shareholder disputes as well as family law cases involving closely-held businesses, partnerships, and professional associations. As a trained mediator, Tom has also helped numerous clients with the resolution of shareholder disputes, business and family law issues. Tom was selected for inclusion in the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in Family Law beginning in 2008 and has each year since, including 2016.


Additional Information

Tom Advises Clients With
  • Complex contractual negotiations
  • Business financing
  • Business acquisitions and sales
  • Divorce litigation for business owners and their spouses


Community Service
  • Tom is one of the founders of the Divorce Cooperation Institute, a group dedicated to fostering cooperation and greater professionalism among family law practitioners. He has served on its Board of Directors and has been the organization’s treasurer since it’s inception.
  • Legal Advisor, Heartlove Place
  • Appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as a Member of the Office of Lawyer Regulation for the Milwaukee Area.


Marquette University BS Marquette University Law School J.D. 1972
Divorce Cooperation InstituteHeartlove PlaceOffice of Lawyer Regulation for the Milwaukee Area

Case History

Representative Clients
  • TEAM Industries, Inc.
  • Plan Administrators, Inc.
  • DeRosa Corporation
  • Color Ink, Inc.
  • Asset Management for Professionals, Inc.
  • Heritage Credit Union
  • Eddie Martini’s, Inc.
  • McAdams, Inc.
  • Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Examples of Tom's Recent Client Work
  • Lead attorney in a multi-store retail grocer in a $63.0 million asset sale
  • Lead attorney in 9 figured pending asset sale
  • Lead attorney in the $19.0 million sale of a distributor to a NYSE company
  • Successfully negotiated the settlement of a minority shareholder squeeze out
  • Defused minority shareholder threats to sue the majority owners
  • Represented owning and non-owning spouses in multi-million dollar divorce cases involving auto dealers, retail sales, manufacturing, distributors, bankers, and professionals
  • Advised rapid-growth client for many years, helping them achieve Top 50 Business recognition by the US Chamber of Commerce
Related Experience
  • Trained Mediator
  • Bank Officer

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Family Law (Divorce, Equitable Division, Marital Settlement Agreements)

Other Information

Gender: Male