Richard A. "Rich" Latta

Richard A. "Rich" Latta

Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Recognized since 2007

Madison, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Corporate Compliance Law

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Tax Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Corporate Law
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Richard Latta is a partner in the Business Practice Group, Co-chair of the Reorganizations, Financial Restructuring and Workouts Group, and a leader of the firm’s Distressed Real Estate Group. He practices in the areas of corporate and partnership acquisitions and reorganizations, debt restructurings, corporate banking transactions, corporate governance matters, tax law, and planning for closely-held businesses, including succession planning for generational transfers of wealth. In addition to his business practice, Mr. Latta served as an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee from 2005 to 2008. Prior to returning to Wisconsin, Mr. Latta practiced law in San Francisco and in New York City. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Wisconsin, New York and California and is also a certified public accountant (inactive). Mr. Latta serves as lead counsel for national and regional corporations, banks, real estate partnerships and not-for-profit organizations providing advice on tax-optimized debt and equity restructurings, structuring and financing business acquisitions, representation of banks before the FDIC and state banking authorities, leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs, dispositions of subsidiaries and divisions, joint ventures, succession planning, and resolving corporate governance matters including minority shareholder lawsuits. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Latta is a frequent author and lecturer on business law and tax-related topics.

  • 222 West Washington Avenue, Suite 900
    P.O. Box 1784
    Madison, WI 53703-2744
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, J.D., graduated 1986

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Corporate Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Corporate Law, Madison (2013)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Tax Law
Special Focus:
  • Accounting
  • Audit Committees
  • Banking
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Financial Services
  • General Corporate
  • Internal Investigations
  • Intra-Company Disputes
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partnership and Limited Liability
  • Restructurings
  • Securities
  • Structuring of Business Entities
  • Tax
  • Transactions
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

"Rich has represented me for over 20 years as a corporate lawyer and real estate advisor. He assisted in my total estate planning and counseled me through my wife's death and the closing of her estate. He is most responsive and his knowledge and attention to details are some of his many attributes. His negotiation skills are excellent and he is both firm and fair in dealing with all aspects of the legal profession. I would, and have, recommended his services to others."

- Anthony Haen (AJH Investments, LLC), Verona, WI

"Mr. Latta has represented multiple companies that I am involved with over the past six years. During that time, I have found Rich to be extremely competent in the area of business law and many related areas of practice. He is a very effective and credible communicator who has demonstrated a clear pragmatic approach to the multiple significant legal matters we have worked with him on. Rich is an extremely skilled attorney with a tremendous work ethic and integrity."

- Paul Senty (Park Bank), Madison, WI

"I have had a working relationship with Rich for approximately 10 years. I have found him to be very detail oriented, and expeditious in his work. He brings a great deal knowledge to his profession, and receives a great deal of respect from his peers. Rich has put together several operating agreements for us in the past. The thought and detail that goes into this on the front end really simplifies the process in the end."

- Jeff Schluter (Schluter Construction, Inc.), Plain, WI

"I have worked with Attorney Rich Latta on a variety of business-related matters over the past 10-plus years. Rich has demonstrated a broad range of experience with respect to these matters. His experience with both structuring and dissolving business arrangements and the related tax issues is extensive. He has been very effective in assisting clients on clearly identifying their goals and then proceeding to reach those goals. Rich has always been easy to work with and a good communicator."

- L. William Kahler, Jr. (Kahler Law Offices), Reedsburg, WI

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