Thomas J. Phillips - Quarles & Brady LLP

Thomas J. Phillips

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 414-277-5831

Tom Phillips focuses his practice in the area of taxation providing tax analysis, advice and tax opinions to publicly held and closely held business entities. His more than 38 years of experience include representation of clients in and structuring tax-free reorganizations and mergers, spinoffs, cross border transactions, taxable asset and stock purchase transactions, partnership transactions, and private placement investments in limited partnerships and limited liability companies involving hedge funds, distressed company investments, commercial real estate, value company investments and low income housing tax credit projects. Mr. Phillips also has extensive experience in tax controversy matters representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and federal and state courts.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Claims Court, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1974 
University of MinnesotaBA 1970University of Utah College of LawJ.D. 1973New York University School of LawLL.M 1974

Client Comments

"I've had an opportunity to work with Tom on a variety of estate, tax, and business acquisition transactions over the last 20 years. Tom has exceptional tax capabilities and was instrumental in guiding us through an acquisition last year that protected investor interests and ensured that all tax implications were addressed to the advantage of the investor group. There were several other attorneys involved in the acquisition and Tom distinguished himself among his peers. Tom has also been at my side in handling negotiations on a Wisconsin estate tax issue. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue knows Tom and his track record of success. What I thought would be a long and arduous process turned into a short and satisfying conclusion due to Tom's credibility. Tom has been my legal guide for over two decades and he doesn't hesitate to get other professionals, in or outside his Firm, involved to provide the best counsel. He exhibits the highest integrity; he is ultra responsive and always professional. "

-Glenn Timmerman
Retired Partner

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Milwaukee Metro Area
Thomas J. Phillips has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership, Private Equity Funds, Regulated Investment Companies, State and Local Tax, Subchapter S Corporations, Tax Disputes, Tax Planning, Transactions)