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JB is a Shareholder, a member of the firm’s Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups, and is a United States Air Force Veteran. JB works with and advises clients on a wide range of business law matters, including form of entity selection and initial capitalization, raising funs through private equity offerings, securities compliance and broker/dealer matters, mergers and acquisitions, contract preparation and negotiation, and software, technology, and IP matters.

JB Assists Clients With

· Mergers, acquisitions, and recapitalizations of businesses

· Private equity and venture capital financing

· Private offerings of debt and equity securities

· Employee equity compensation plans

· Securities laws issues

· Complex contractual matters and disputes

· Software, technology, and data privacy/security matters

· Intellectual property, proprietary rights, and confidentiality agreements

· Shareholder, partner, and member agreements and disputes

· Corporate governance matters

· General business matters

Experience/Representative Client Work

JB’s start up clients have raised over $30,000,000 through private offerings.

· Represents companies and founders raising debt and equity capital through private offerings and advises on Regulation D and other private securities offering exemptions at the state and federal levels

· Regularly assists clients with choosing the right form of entity for their new venture

· Advises clients on 1202 and qualified new business venture stock requirements and planning

· Tailors his client’s governing documents to their equity and capitalization plan

· Advises clients on equity and synthetic equity incentive compensation plans and the various tax and securities rules and regulations surrounding such plans

· Represents investors evaluating an investment in a private company or fund offering

JB represents Buyers and Sellers in Mergers and Acquisitions across the country.

· Represents clients buying and selling businesses in all market sectors from software and technology to manufacturing and retail

· Experienced in M&A deals of all sizes, ranging from small sole proprietorships to complex multi-national transactions involving both private and publicly held companies

· Represents both minority and majority owners in sale proceedings and exits, including partial sales

· Experienced in complex multi-state mergers and tax-based reorganizations in addition to equity and asset deals

JB regularly advises clients on complex contracts including software, technology, and custom manufacturing agreements.

· Represents software and technology clients with all forms of license agreements, development agreements, master services agreements, work-for hire agreements, and intellectual property protection agreements

· Negotiates and advises on complex custom manufacturing agreements with large public and private companies

· Experienced with joint ventures both as contractual arrangements and as new business formations

JB offers advice on a multitude of general business matters.

· Assists clients with entity formation and ongoing corporate governance matters

· Experienced with creating multiple classes of equity in both corporations and LLCs

· Drafts and negotiates buy-sell, voting, and other equity holder agreements such as shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, and operating agreements

· Assists clients with resolving shareholder, partner, and member disputes

Contact & Links


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


  • Marquette University
  • United States Air Force Academy

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth - Member
  • Ducks Unlimited Milwaukee Chapter - Officer and Board Member
  • First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa - Former Trustee
  • Meritas Young Lawyer Representative - Young Lawyer Representative
  • Milwaukee Bar Association - Member
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin - Member
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin - Member

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

  • Corporate Law


  • Editor-in-Chief, Marquette Law Review
  • Selected for inclusion in 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine

Military Service

· Senior Intelligence Duty Officer, Air Force Southern Command, Combined Air Operations Center, June 2007-May 2008

· Deployed Tactical Operations Center Chief, 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, USAF, September 2006-January 2007

· Chief of Intelligence, 55th Rescue Squadron, USAF, November 2005-June 2007 Deployed J2 Director of Intelligence, 716th Special Operations Group, USAF, June 2005-September 2005

· Deployed Chief of Intelligence, 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, USAF, October 2004-February 2005

· Chief of Operations Intelligence, 563rd Operations Support Squadron, USAF, May 2004-October 2005

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