Thomas A. Simonis - Quarles & Brady LLP

Thomas A. Simonis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 414-277-5847

Tom Simonis has a broad corporate, commercial and tax practice with substantial experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; domestic and foreign joint ventures; planning for the privately held business and its owners; distribution, supply and other commercial contracts; and a wide variety of general corporate and tax matters. Mr. Simonis also is a certified public accountant. His experience includes:

  • Representing both buyers and sellers in numerous acquisition, divestiture and joint venture transactions.

  • Assisting privately held businesses with buy-sell agreements and other succession matters.

  • Regularly advising businesses in general corporate, commercial and tax matters.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1981 
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981 
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D. University of Wisconsin–MadisonBBA 1975

Client Comments

"Tom is a pleasure to work with. As our counsel, Tom is an invaluable resource for our business. He is very knowledgeable and practical in his approach to both corporate and tax matters. Tom is the consummate professional; he has a great personality, is easy to communicate with, and very responsive to the needs of our business. I appreciate Tom's insights and experience in the many contractual, acquisition/divestiture, and other legal matters that we have worked on together."

"I have worked with many lawyers over the years but I choose to engage Tom over and over again because his approach is very practical. I believe he is very knowledgeable about issues that occur frequently in many businesses, but he converts that knowledge into understandable summaries. I engage Tom for matters relating to several different businesses in several different industries, and Tom's breadth of knowledge provides me with a very comfortable feeling that I am being given top-notch advice."

"Thomas Simonis is an experienced business attorney with expertise ranging from bank finance deals to complex restructuring deals with multiple third parties. He puts together the right team of attorneys and is responsive all hours of the day when necessary."

-Jeffrey Plut
Executive VP/CFO
Kasgro Rail Corp. and Kasgro Leasing LLC

"Thomas Simonis is an extremely sharp lawyer. He has a great understanding of business. He is a first rate attorney."

-John Silseth
Antietam LLC

"Quarles & Brady in general and Tom Simonis in particular have provided my company with consistently the highest quality, most responsive and most cost effective representation for many years in my personal experience over 20 years. I could not recommend anyone else more highly."

-Jeffrey Mohr
General Counsel
Plastics Engineering Company

"Tom was very instrumental in the sale of my business. He possesses a great understanding of both business and tax knowledge. Tom was very detail oriented, which led to an expedited sale. "

-Barry Cohen
Prime Air, A Heico Aerospace Company

"It has been my pleasure to work with Tom on a variety of issues over the past six years, and counting. Tom has a wide range of experience; he is very easy to communicate with and has a great sense of humor. He points out all risks and issues that are important to be aware of during the client's decision-making process in a way that is understandable. I know I can depend on him for practical advice and solutions to complex issues."

-Mary Kielich
Water Street Advisors, LLC

"Tom has been our corporate attorney for over 15 years. He provides unique insight into many financial situations, as he was an accountant prior to becoming a lawyer. Tom has always been extremely responsive and has a staff of legal experts at Quarles & Brady to call upon for technical issues in Human Resources, Patents, etc. As a 100-percent ESOP, The Howard Company encounters many unique situations with the administration of our Plan and Trust. Tom has guided us through these questions to achieve excellent results with our Plan documents. "

-Michael Kopacz
The Howard Company

"Tom Simonis has been our outside counsel and a Board member for 20-plus years. Tom has done an outstanding job for the company and the shareholders. He has been involved in every aspect of our business to include strategic planning, acquisitions, international expansion, and numerous tax issues and initiatives. As noted above, his work for us has been outstanding and, in particular given his international and tax background, we have received excellent advice and execution of numerous transactions to grow both our domestic and international operations. The bottom line is we consider him a major and critical member of our overall executive team. "

-James Baka
Alto Shaam

Office Location

411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4426
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (General Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tax Law (Corporate, Partnership)