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Jim is the firm’s Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups. 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.


  • 111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
    Milwaukee, WI 53202


  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • Association for Corporate Growth, Wisconsin - Member
  • Carroll University - Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Crossroads Presbyterian Church - Ordained Elder
  • Friends of Art of the Milwaukee Art Mueseum - Former Board Member
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Former Board Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Special Focus

  • Regulatory


  • Recipient of an AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of the 2019 P.E. MacAllister Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented by Carroll University
  • Named one of “Milwaukee’s Leading Lawyers” in 2013, 2014, and 2015–Business, M Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in 2005–2020 Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2010–2021–Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

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  • “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

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

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